The directive comes two months before the graduation ceremony of more than 12,000 students that will be held from February 13th to 17th 2023.
Mak-graduation. courtesy picture
Registrar of Makerere University has asked all Colleges to display the provisional
graduation weeks before the graduation.
Professor Buyinza Mukadasi issued the directive in a letter dated 9th January
2023 addressed to all principals, deans, and Heads of Departments. The
directive comes two months before the graduation ceremony of more than 12,000
students that will be held from February 13th to 17th 2023.
For several years, students have been missing graduation on grounds that their
names did not appear in the graduation book after failing to beat the deadline
of updating their marks on the students’ portals.
Students Guild Executive has informed me that some Colleges/units have not
displayed the provisional graduation lists to enable the students to
scrutinize, raise concerns and suggest corrective action(s) before final
submission to the Academic Registrar on Friday 13th January 2023.” Reads part
of the letter.
“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to remind you of this outstanding
procedural requirement and to request you to immediately display the interim
graduation lists.” reads another part of the letter.
According to the guidelines, after a provisional graduation list has been
released and errors corrected, a final copy of the graduation booklet will be
printed. But before the graduation booklet is printed, the University senate is
expected to hold a special meeting on 18th January to approve the graduation
Meanwhile, another letter dated December 23rd, 2022 by the Academic registrar
addressed to all principals, deans, and Heads of Departments that URN has seen
indicates that although the Colleges had presented statistics of graduands,
the Senate at its special meeting on 22nd December 2022 noted several challenges
"The statistics presented from colleges were few compared to the ones that
usually graduate, especially graduate students (Masters and PhDs). Most
colleges were experiencing challenges with the ACMIS system where in some
cases, the system graduated students who do not meet the graduation
requirements, and therefore the lists have to be reworked manually."
reads part of the letter.
"The colleges/Other units had not received students' results of College of
Education and External studies, college of Humanities and Social
Sciences; some results had not been uploaded unto the system by the
lecturers; The graduation lists for graduate students were presented to
the senate without the quality assurance and scrutiny by the directorate of
research and graduate training, yet some requirements were missing." read
another part of the letter.
But a source
that preferred anonymity says that apart from the Faculty of Arts and College
of Health Sciences, many other colleges had displayed the provisional results,
but the source made it clear that even those that displayed provisional results
had very few numbers.