A total of 288 students last Friday graduated from Catholic University of Rwanda, with degrees in various disciplines.
Speaking at the event, the Bishop of Butare – who is also the Chancellor of Catholic University of Rwanda – Bishop Philippe Rukamba, emphasized that the university was set up in a bid to help students have full knowledge as they contribute to national progress.
“Have time to rejoice but work hand-in-hand with government, with character, to develop the country as they change people’s well-being.”
“Go change the world, as your Catholic church founded Catholic University to help students gain full knowledge by doing research in a bid to develop themselves, not only spiritually but also socially,” said Rukamba.
Bishop Rukamba added that every student awarded a degree should rejoice, thinking that this is the beginning of a journey.
Archbishop JMV Bahizi, who leads Catholic University of Rwanda, said that the university wishes the graduates to go out of school with a heartfelt desire to strive to work purely with good services and time management.
“You don’t learn to have big salaries but to change society. All the time you spent on campus couldn’t be worthless, go serve people and your country,” Bahizi added.
Marie Gorette Nanteza , who spoke on behalf of graduates, attested that they had acquired skills and knowledge for both creativity minds and a competitive spirit on the job market.
Best performers were awarded laptops and smartphones.
This is the fifth time graduation at the Catholic University of Rwanda; among graduates from 6 faculties, there are student departments that graduated which started in 2011 before they were temporarily suspended.
Viviane Irabizi is a fourth-year journalism student and chief-editor of the Kaminuza Star, a student newspaper. She has contributed to local newspapers, websites and interned at a radio station. She is passionate about journalism in all its forms.