Moreover, by creating technological software to organize and facilitate vast information the university has become interconnected. Dr. Desalegn affirmed his commitment to technology and the work that was being done to make future work a reality. He confirmed, “A student information system is in the works and is near completion. It will obtain information from the application to graduation progression of a student that will automate everything that is considered valued information.” The system will be able to control online student applications, choosing of classes and will be able to reveal grades to students. It is truly a revolutionary idea that will sling shot UoG towards modern computing technology.
When closing his speech the president of the university shared his belief that all the accomplishments that were achieved took a consorted effort on the part of many people. He stressed that those on the top all the way to the lower levels of the university chain played their role and have contributed to the sustainable growth of the university.
He finished by bestowing some words of advice to the class of 2017. “With what you have learned in your stay at UoG it is expected of you to be practical in your future positions” he said, “fight against all bad works and be leaders of change. I hope the best for all of you always.”
A Gondar cultural and musical band played on the spot and graced the event with their expertise and tunes while everything was going on. Through transitions they were able to keep the festive occasion on its feet and smoothly gained the praise of the invited guests.
Once UoG’s president finished his opening speech the days keynote speaker and guest of honor, His Excellency Tefera Derebew, graced the stage to mentor the young adults on their pending path into the real world. With the tools, trainings and knowledge gained at the university the guest of honor believes the graduates are ready to tackle their goals in their next chapter of life.
When speaking to the class of 2107 he stated,“ Those things that will trouble you in the real world shall be overcome by your wisdom. Bad situations must be changed into good ones with the sense of upgrading and developing yourself and your society. Thus, build your understanding so that you can become the best citizens you can be because your future and fortune is in your hands.”
When he was set to leave the stage he assured them to be confident in the future that waits. “Do not linger for no one,” he declared, “Believe in your strength and capacity because you are ready to do what is expected of you.”
Throughout the festive occasion those in attendance where attentive and responsive to the joyous proceedings that were transpiring. What followed was an annual announcement of all the departments. Those students who took their vows followed. Since these specific graduates will be in public service they rehearsed and repeated sacred oaths and received their duty to serve the country with respect and integrity.
Afterward the guest of honor and the president awarded students who were top performers in their colleges. From health science students to engineering students all the way to social science students the top rank of the graduates did not go unnoticed. With a special token of the universities appreciation given the students returned to their seats. Those specifically given top honors were those teachers, researchers, departments, colleges, administrative staff, partners and individuals who were achieving above and beyond expectation.
The Higher Diploma Program at UoG has also, in its long-term teachers development plan, graduated 204 teachers. HDP is a program that is functional and performing in its sole purpose of keeping the University’s standard to a high quality. This will subsequently lead to better performances by the students.
UoG this year alone in all colleges encompassing regular, extension and summer programs has done incredibly. Those first-degree male students who graduated this year were numbered around 3,782 and their female counterparts at 2,029. At the postgraduate level males were numbered around 558 and their female counterparts at around 167: the total of male students amounting to 4,340 and female graduates at 2,196. Over 6,500 students have graduated this year alone and is a testament to the quality education being given at UoG.
The University of Gondar has been able, for the past 6 decades, to graduate countless students from all parts of the country. Its commitment to developing and becoming the leading societal problem solving university by 2020 is well in reach. By producing students who will become the country’s doctors, engineers, teachers and nurses UoG is fulfilling its role in developing the nation of Ethiopia.
By Samuel Malede| Public and International Relations Directorate