Graduation ceremonies split over two days

Graduation ceremonies split over two days

Rapelang Mosae

MASERU – THE National University of Lesotho (NUL)’s graduation ceremony will this year run over two days due to the increased number of graduands.

In a statement issued this week the university said the number of NUL graduates has increased dramatically from 323 in 1988 to 2 110 in 2015.

“This growth has gradually made it cumbersome for graduates and guests to travel to Roma due to the absence of alternative routes into the Roma Valley and into the campus,” the statement said.

The university said alternative parking areas outside the NUL campus are usually several kilometres from the campus leading to graduates and some guests having to walk on foot into the campus, making it difficult to treat the graduates with the dignity and respect they deserve on their special day.

This decision was reached by the NUL Senate at its 350th special meeting held last Friday at Roma.

This decision to split the ceremony into two days will facilitate the smooth-running of the graduation ceremony.

The first ceremony which will be held on September 24 has been set for Degree Programmes in the Faculties of Education, Humanities and Law.

Diploma programmes in the Faculties of Education and Humanities as well as postgraduate programmes in the Faculties of Education, Humanities and Law, will also be held in the first batch of the ceremony.

The second ceremony will be held on October 1.

This ceremony will be set for Degree programmes in the Faculties of Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Agriculture, Health Sciences and graduates from the Institute of Extra-Mural Studies, Certificates and Diplomas in Statistics and Business Management as well as Postgraduate programmes for Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Agriculture, Health Sciences and IEMS.

Historically, the graduation ceremony at NUL took place on the last Saturday of September for all programmes ranging from certificates to diploma, degree and postgraduate levels.

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