By Catherine Kuria
Recently, Mount Kenya University (MKU) held its 15th graduation ceremony. The theme of the day was: “Promotion of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development.” The colourful event saw 4,540 graduands being conferred with various degrees while others were awarded diplomas and certificates.
The guest speaker of the day was the Chairman of the Commission for University Education – Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha. BL Magazine had a chance to interview a few graduates on their experience at MKU and they had the following to say:
Mwaniki John Nderitu
Mr. Nderitu undertook a bachelor’s degree in education majoring in biology and chemistry. He thanks the entire Mount Kenya University fraternity for the skills and knowledge they imparted on him. “There is nowhere else I’d rather have studies, MKU is the university of choice. The mode of study was very flexible and that enabled me to study and still be able to pursue other ventures. I believe that the lecturers prepared me well for the job market,” he enthusiastically says.
Sarah Wangui Mwangi
Sarah Wangui was undertaking a degree in counselling psychology. What impressed her most about her alma mater is the lecturers’ dedication to students’ excellence. She notes: “The lecturers are very accessible; they give and mark assignments on time.” She is currently undertaking her master’s degree still at MKU and plans to go all the way to the PhD level.
Mr. Kipchegat undertook a bachelor’s degree in education majoring in arts. He is a police officer and was a part-time student at the university. What he is most grateful for are the rich resources at the university. He says that he got hands-on skills at MKU and he could not have chosen a better institution. He adds: “The school’s composition is really diverse with people from all ethnic groups. I got the chance to interact with different people who helped me grow as a person and professionally.”
Ms. Rop was studying at MKU Eldoret campus. She undertook a bachelor’s degree in business management- supply and procurement option. She credits her three-and-a-half-year academic journey as the best experience of her life. “I dared to dream, I dared to believe and want, and that is what brought me to MKU. My hunger for knowledge was quenched and today I have reaped what I sown. I’m proud of my university.”
Mr. Wekesa was a student at the university pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management – supply and procurement option. He was also a student leader in charge of student welfare. He says that his experience at MKU was simply phenomenal. He loved the fact that the university’s administration values the students.
The journey was not without a few hiccups but he is grateful to have pushed to the finish line. “The university has really invested in students’ talents and hobbies besides books. This is an area that many choose not to tap which is detrimental. I’m glad that the institution recognized that talents and of course books, can take students further in life.”
Ms. Raisi was a student at MKU Mombasa Campus pursuing a bachelor’s degree in development studies. Her three-year stint at the university enabled her to grow both intellectually and as a person. She says that she was able to discover her true calling thanks to the people she interacted with at the school. She concluded by saying: “I’d like to urge the youth out there looking for a place to study come next year to join MKU. I came out of here not only with a degree but, friends who I consider family. Thank you MKU.”