The following pictorial, captured for Uganda Partners by Irene Best Nyapendi, shows some scenes from a graduation at Uganda Christian University’s (UCU) affiliate, Bishop Barham University College (BBUC), Kabale, in early December. This was the first in-person graduation ceremony at the Kabale location since Uganda’s Covid lockdown.
“UCU’s cutting edge innovation with online studies, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, helped me a lot and contributed to my success,” Nzabandora said, noting that his course was sponsored by the Office of the Bishop of Muhabura, his home diocese in southwestern Uganda. He said that he was inspired by the holy spirit to pursue the course since “medicine and spiritual matters go hand in hand.”
“I had to deny myself sleep, work during the day and do my course work and assignments at night,” said Nzabandora, whose First-Class degree has inspired him to work now for a postgraduate degree.
Here, Nzabandora receives his Best Student award from Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi.
“My mother wasn’t able to raise my tuition because she is a peasant,” Babirye said, citing the affordability of data for on-line studies as among her hardships. “Luckily, when I applied for a government students’ loan, I was successful.”
Dr. Rushaju, a public health dentist, urged the graduands to remember that they are children of God and that therefore, they are required to serve in a God-loving manner. “Knowing who you are will help you understand your purpose in life, which will help you stay focused,” he said.
BBUC Principal Dr. Alice Jossy Kyobutungi said holding the college’s own graduation ceremonies helps with marketing, including visibility for facility needs. The college, which started as a Divinity College in 1924, has been operating from lecture rooms, many in need of repair, for its 98 years of existence, she said.