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March intake 2018 matriculation ceremony

Matriculation 2018

 

5 October 2018
Story by
Jeanette Dadzie
IPAO Correspondent


The Matriculation ceremony at Africa University is one in which first year students are officially welcomed and inducted into the world of academia adorned in black academic robes that symbolise the beginning of their exciting educational journey towards graduation.  400 students matriculated on the 5th of October 2018 from countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola and Tanzania joined by students from the Africa University Harare and Mutare City campuses.


The ceremony was presided over by Assistant Registrar- Academic Affairs, Mr. Liberty Machona with welcoming speeches delivered by Vice Chancellor Professor Munashe Furusa and SRC President Mr. Brian Sichula, where words of advice and encouragement were given to bestow upon the newcomers as spirit of fortitude in the face of adversity, as well as in- depth insight into the culture of excellence that is Africa University.


Prof. Furusa spoke of the need for the students to treat each other with respect at all times and hold themselves in high regard saying,

“At Africa University we do not use the word “Foreigner” to refer to our brothers and sisters from outside of Zimbabwe as to defer to the other in such a manner is to denote something out of place or not belonging. We welcome diversity and difference and this is our identity. By being here, you have chosen to become part of an international community …. There can be no progress where we choose to work in isolation, removed from others.”


Striking a cord with the young men and women amongst the matriculants, Prof. Furusa said,

“To the women seated before me, know that you are wonderfully and fearfully made. You are not defined by your gender. Do not allow yourselves to become anybody’s slave, property or trophy. To the young men, the time has come to redefine manhood as this ideal has become corrupted and polluted. Masculinity is defined by character. Treat those around you with respect and be men of truth, virtue and honesty.”


SRC President Brain Sichula from Zambia edified the remarks given by the Vice Chancellor emphasizing that the role of the SRC is to support and enhance the vision of the administration of the university and ensure student success. He said,

“I wish to share some advice with you as we, the students who have gone before you have cleared the path so that you do not fall into the same pitfalls that were in our way . This is the mark of leadership and will be expected of you for those who come after you. Remain focused with your parents as your inspiration. As the SRC, we are here to serve you and make true on the promises that we have made.”


Mr. Sichula went further to express gratitude to the university for going the extra mile in providing infrastructure upgrades made continuously throughout the university, the purchase of brand new state of the art buses increasing the efficiency of the institutions’ transportation system and the high standards set in response and turnaround times in addressing student concerns staying true to the vision of creating a world class university.


The March intake matriculating class were collectively represented by Ms. Tapiwanashe Shava (College of Health, Agriculture and Natural Resources) who offered remarks around her experiences to date at Africa University. In an inspiring address to her colleagues and the university at large she said,

“Africa University has taught me the importance of having a vision. Mine is 2021. It is the first thing I think of when I wake up and the last thing on my mind before I sleep. It is tacked up to the walls of my room and when I feel weary, I recite it three times over and I am reinvigorated.  That is the year of our graduation!  I know that with the right attitude, success for me is not an option, it is guaranteed. I invite each of you to develop your vision and work each day to achieve it.”


Each matriculant is required to make the Matriculation Oath during the ceremony where they, as thousands before them have done, commit to comply by the rules and regulations of the university, conduct themselves with the respect and demeanour befitting a student of Africa University and fully immerse themselves in the rich and colourful culture and traditions of the esteemed institution.