Africa University Celebrates 23rd Graduation Ceremony
12 June 2017
Africa University celebrated its 23rd Graduation ceremony on 10 June 2017, at its main campus in Mutare. On this day, over 700 students representing 24 different nationalities were capped and immediately inducted into the Africa University Alumni Association.
Joining in on the ceremony where hundreds of family members, friends and sponsors of the graduands, as well as partners and friends of Africa University, who all kept a consistent loud cheer throughout the official ceremony.
Notably in attendance was the Chancellor of Africa University, Bishop David Yemba, Chairman of Africa University’s Board of Directors, Bishop Marcus Matthews, Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Prof. Jonathan Moyo, the Vice Chancellor of Africa University, Prof. Munashe Furusa, Mambo Mutasa and Senior Government Officials. Mr. Washington Madziwadondo, Managing Director, Medical Aid Division, for Cimas Medical Aid Society, and an accomplished Alumni of Africa University, officiated as Guest of Honor and Key Note Speaker at the event.
In his address, Madziwadondo championed the graduands and reminded them that their opportunity to support Africa is now,
“Remember, you were trained for the whole of Africa, and your qualification grants you global competence over other graduates from other institutions. There is therefore an expectation from your various countries for you to take this competence to the various industries and sectors of your national economies, to cultivate your training, knowledge and expertise for Africa’s benefit,” said the guest of honor.
Kudakwashe, Mellisa Kapesa, who graduated as the overall best undergraduate student with a cumulative grade points average (CGPA) of 3.92 took to the podium to give the valedictorian speech.
“Exactly one thousand four hundred and thirty days later, after the toil, here we are. We made it! Africa is waiting for us, this is our moment to run where others have fallen, to reach where others have failed to grasp, and to go against the current that would otherwise keep us back. Africa University built us to be resilient, just like the Acacia Tree. We can grow anywhere and we can do anything as long as we put our minds and hearts to it and commit our plans to the Lord.” she exclaimed.
Africa University’s Class of 2017, the Silver Jubilee Class, reaffirms the Institution’s commitment of investing in Africa’s Future. The University continues to deliver on its promise of achieving academic excellence through the provision of higher education to young leaders across the African continent.
Congratulations Graduating Class of 2017!
By AU Correspondent