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Africa University celebrates 28th commencement

Graduates celebrate June 11 during Africa University's 28th graduation ceremony in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The theme for the day was “Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence and Leadership Transformation in Africa.” Photo courtesy of Africa University.
Graduates celebrate June 11 during Africa University's 28th graduation ceremony in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The theme for the day was “Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence and Leadership Transformation in Africa.” Photo courtesy of Africa University.

On June 11, the academic achievements of 712 graduates from 18 African countries were recognized as they garnered degrees and top honors at Africa University's 28th graduation ceremony.

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The event, held at the main campus in Mutare, focused on the theme, “Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence and Leadership Transformation in Africa.” The class represented the following nations: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Rev. Peter Mageto, vice chancellor and professor, congratulated the graduates and their families, applauding the discipline and determination that brought them to this point. He encouraged them to continue with the same spirit as they leave the university.

Mageto highlighted the university’s progress in research, particularly related to malaria, child rights and nursing. Of special note was AU’s first three graduates receiving Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health degrees: Chipo Chimamise, Tichaona Goto and Ronnie Matambo.

New incoming programs also were mentioned.

The Rev. Peter Mageto, vice chancellor and professor at Africa University, congratulates graduates on their achievements during the 28th graduation ceremony June 11 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Mageto highlighted the university’s progress in research, particularly related to malaria, child rights and nursing. Photo courtesy of Africa University. 
The Rev. Peter Mageto, vice chancellor and professor at Africa University, congratulates graduates on their achievements during the 28th graduation ceremony June 11 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Mageto highlighted the university’s progress in research, particularly related to malaria, child rights and nursing. Photo courtesy of Africa University.

Mageto also shared future infrastructural developments such as the East Ohio Women's Hostel that will provide additional accommodations for AU’s female students.

Dr. Amon Murwira stressed the importance of leadership, especially understanding how to lead Africa. He is a professor and the minister of higher and tertiary education, innovation, science and technology development.

 “It is the quest to restore dignity to African peoples,” Murwira said, “that gives Africa University such importance and value. Correct educational designs are critical in this effort. To inspire leadership transformation on the continent and the direction it will take lies in understanding its history: from freedom to domination through colonialism, to the struggle for liberation, and now the journey toward economic freedom of the continent.

“We cannot use the colonial design for the emancipation of the continent or its transformation,” he added. “We must distinguish between knowledge and memory. The former allows us to create.”

Dr. Shingai Mutasa was the guest of honor and keynote speaker. His message to the graduating class was underpinned by lessons in history, individual purpose, and the collective responsibility of Africans to develop and further the aspirations of the continent.

Mutasa encouraged the graduates to imagine their place and role in creating Africa’s future, emphasizing the importance of identity and walking in the truth of one’s heritage and origin, fearlessly and boldly.

He predicted that by 2050, the population of Africa would double and one in every four people of the working population on the planet would be African.

Valedictorian Tanyaradzwa Laura Chemwayi, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in natural resource management, thanked the university’s management, faculty and staff for guidance, love and support over the years. She described her time at Africa University as a promise fulfilled.

excerpt from an article by the Africa University communications team

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