KAMPALA: Over 180 Rwandan students who were studying at Kampala University (KU) are set to miss the institution’s 16th graduation ceremony scheduled for tomorrow March 7.
KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Badru Dungu Kateregga says most students have already communicated to his office they will not be attending the ceremony due to Rwanda’s closure of the border with Uganda as well as prohibiting its citizens from travelling to Uganda.
“Most students who had gone back to Rwanda will not attend the graduation because they have already communicated to the university management. We pray for them that as the graduation approaches, the situation is calm,” Prof Kateregga says.
He however says the affected students will have their certificates as long as they have fulfilled all the academic requirements.
One of the students talked to said: “I will miss one of what was to be the best moments in my life, having struggled to excel. I blame this on Rwandan government.”
3,352 students (60.1 percent male) and (39.8 percent female) are expected to be awarded certificates, diplomas and degrees in various programmes.
Of these, 1,820 are Ugandans while the rest numbering 1,532 are from Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi, Ethiopia and Liberia.