Technical University of Mombasa on Thursday, July 14th held their 9th Graduation ceremony at the university’s Assembly Hall where 3,805 academic awards were conferred.
Being the new norm where everyone is dependent on technology to transact in most of their daily activities including education; TUM chose ‘Revitalizing Technical Education to Accelerate Sustainable Economic Recovery’ as the theme for her 9th Graduation Ceremony. This was an affirmation of how the graduands and the institution navigated around academic matters, making sure no lectures, practicals, research and innovations were interrupted during this COVID-19 era. It is indeed through these efforts that culminated to the grand virtual graduation ceremony.
The blended graduation ceremony was attended by guest from far and wide, stakeholders from both national and county government, educational institution representatives and various manufacturing sector while majority followed the event as it was being streamed live by the institution Corporate Communication Team via YouTube and other social media channels.
In her speech, the vice chancellor Prof. Laila Abubakar had a warm congratulatory message to the graduands. “On behalf of the entire Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) fraternity, I congratulate the graduating class of 2021 on the actualization of your academic goals. This graduation is a clear testament to the success of your academic journey at the Technical University of Mombasa.” She affirmed that the graduates had been equipped with knowledge and skills and that they were ready to be released to the various industry.
Apart from the academic division, TUM has an Administration Finance and Planning (AFP) docket headed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (AFP) Prof. Joseph Rasowo, where all support departments fall under; whom during his speech, pledged continued support through the provision of high-quality support services and ensuring a conducive working and learning environment for its students.
His counterpart Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic Research & Extension (DVC_ARE) Prof. Peter Gichangi conveyed an empowering message to the graduands. “Your academic journey may not necessarily stop here, but what is clear is that for some of you, your career in the industry begins now! Graduates, you have been empowered! I look forward to seeing you in the industry!” Furthermore, he highlighted how Post Covid era has seen appal usage and development of e-learning technologies for blended learning and training.
The valedictorian, Gachungu Wamboi, from the school of business, extended the gratitude to God Almighty to have guided all the graduands this far. She further acknowledged the support from the parents, guardians and well-wishers who stood with the graduands through thick and thin, and finally the TUM lecturers and other staff for making TUM a great institution of higher learning in the country enabling them achieve their academic excellence. She concluded by addressing her colleagues that they have what it takes to face the outside world and make it better than it is.