A total of 260 students received first class degrees at Makerere University’s 67th graduation ceremony. Out of these, 97 students were from Makerere University Business School (MUBS), with Ms Sarah Namboozo, who was pursuing Bachelor of Science in Marketing emerging top with the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.92. Namboozo, was given sh1m award by Makerere University for over all performance.
A total of 4,159 students from Makerere University Business School graduated on Thursday, February 23, 2017. This year MUBS graduated 11 PhDs, 302 Master’s degrees while 3854 received their bachelor’s degrees. MUBS is an affiliate to Makerere University.
According to the grading system and classification of awards for undergraduate degrees and diplomas, first class Honours is from a CGPA of 4:40 – 5:00. This means that Namboozo got an average of 80 per cent in each examination paper for the three years of her study.
At Makerere University first class degrees increased during Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba’s tenure specifically as Dean College of Computing (2005-2009) and as a Vice-Chancellor (2009-2011). Currently, Prof. Waswa Balunywa, Principal of MUBS leads the pack.
MUBS Management has attributed the continued outstanding performance to good administration and working relationship in the School.
As a fresh student at university, you will often be told by lecturers that ‘First Class Degrees are acquired in first year’. And the phrase is not a mere pep talk, it is true in every sense. Reason being – the university grading system is set up in a way that every mark throughout the course contributes to one’s final results and consequently their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). For this very reason, students who are dedicated to get a First Class will work by all means to avoid retakes and low grades right from the time they are introduced to the course.
The unique thing about the 67th convocation, Makerere has introduced customized university graduation gown. The gowns are decorated with the university logo, Makerere acronym ‘Mak’, and the year of graduation with multi-coloured hoods varying from one college to the other. The University Council approved the introduction of customized graduation gowns for undergraduate and graduate programs including PhDs starting with the 67th graduation ceremony. These gowns are intended to provide the uniformity of the academic dress for graduands. It is professionally designed and unique with special features to rekindle the memories of this special day. The new gowns caused a lot of excitement among the graduands. The customized gowns were sold at sh75, 000, only at Makerere University, senate building. It was not mandatory to buy the customized gowns and graduands who were not be able to secure the customized university gowns were at liberty to buy other gowns from the open market as has been the practice. However, beginning with the 68th graduation ceremony scheduled to take place in January 2018; all graduands will be required to procure customized university graduation gowns.