Makerere awards best student with Shs 1m

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sarah Namboozo, the overall best student from Makerere University’s 67th graduation, is Shs 1m richer thanks to a handshake from the institution’s convocation.

Namboozo, who obtained a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.91 in the Bachelor of Science - Marketing programme, had been studying at Makerere University Business School (Mubs) for the three-year course.

After her name was called out, she was first congratulated by the university chancellor, Dr Ezra Suruma, before receiving a hearty handshake from the convocation chairman, Dr Tanga Odoi.

The convocation chairman explained that while the money was only a token, it is meant to build a spirit of hard work among students. Last year’s best student received Shs 500,000 from the convocation.

One of the best students receives an award from Chancellor Ezra Suruma (R)

The convocation also launched new awards for best students in each college. For the start, Claire Nanyanzi and Bruce Twinomugisha (both from College of Education and External Studies) were awarded.

Namboozo’s award came on Thursday, the third day of the four-day graduation process. After the ceremonies, Namboozo attributed her success to hard work and determination.

“I formed a discussion group that consisted of determined students. We used to discuss every time we were free and I don’t remember missing any lecture,” a visibly excited Namboozo said.

Namboozo also advised those seeking to follow in her footsteps to learn how to balance books with love affairs.

“Love relationships and books are not two competing things. Each has its time and one should do the right thing at the time,” said Namboozo, a private working student. “Remember one has only three years at campus; so, that time should be utilized carefully.”

A graduand dancing

The 67th graduation process saw 14,897 graduands receive degrees, diplomas and certificates. Of these, 261 obtained first-class undergraduate degrees while 75 obtained PhDs.

Friday was special for the journalism community as former Observer staffers, Diana Nabiruma, Racheal Ninsiima and Michael Mubangizi lined up with many others to receive master's degrees in Journalism and Communication.