Dedan Kimathi University set to hold virtual graduation amid COVID-19
| Apr 27th 2020 | 1 min read
Dedan Kimathi University is set to become the Kenyan pioneer
institution to ever hold a graduation ceremony virtually.
The already intended event is set to take place on May 8,
2020. The decision comes following a move by the government to ban all public
gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the institution's Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ndiragu
Kioni, the move was triggered following a request by students. The event around
the corner will see at least 1,777 learners graduate in the 9th graduation
Learners lamented having finished studies, yet they could
not even search for jobs as they had no academic certificates.
The VC added that the event will only be attended by at
least 15 notable persons, among them the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, and
will take the shortest time possible.
"It will be a brief ceremony attended by a maximum of
15 people. The deans will stay in their offices or wherever they will be and
read out the names from there," stated Prof. Kioni.
Students will have to follow the event, which will be
streamed online via the university's social media platforms, including YouTube
channel and Facebook.
The graduation fee is set to be between Sh3,100 and Sh6,100,
depending on one's academic level. The certificates will be ready in a
fortnight after the said event.
However, the decision has brought some division among
students, with some supporting the idea while others opposed the decision.
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