The first day of graduation was for students in the Faculty of Management Sciences, while the second day was reserved for the rest of the Faculties. At the ceremonies, the new qualifications that were awarded included the Bachelor of Computer Science in Cybersecurity; Bachelor of Business Management (Honours), Postgraduate Diploma in Health Information Systems Management, Master of Spatial Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Informatics.
Speaking on the first day of the ceremonies, Hon Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi, the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, congratulated the University for the quality of graduates being produced. “A survey conducted last year, by the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE), found that more than 80 percent of NUST graduates find employment within a year after graduation,” Dr Kandjii-Murangi said.
On the second day, Robert Kahimise, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the City of Windhoek, delivered the keynote address, urging the graduates to have a positive attitude and to think critically as they enter the labour market. He called on the new graduates to explore ways of turning their challenges into opportunities. He further applauded the students for their perseverance, and singled out the honours and masters students, who have conducted research aimed at improving the lives of residents in informal settlements. This he says, will contribute to nation-building.
Vice-Chancellor, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, emphasised the importance of transforming the University into a world-class Institution. “A world-class University will not just emerge out of goodwill. It requires hardwork and dedication. It is a dream that will deliver prosperity for Namibia, because a world-class economy needs a world-class university” Tjivikua said.
A graduation is a ceremony that gives graduates the opportunity to celebrate the culmination of all their efforts - to truly absorb their new status and the start of a new chapter in their life. It is a rite of passage. Those people who have helped and supported them along the way, also get the opportunity to celebrate and feel rewarded.