ARUA. Muni University is set to graduate Nurses for the first time since the inception of the institution six years ago.

At least 20 students who successfully completed their four years of pursuing Bachelor of Nursing Science will join their colleagues in the virtual 4th graduation ceremony on Saturday.

A total of 103 students will graduate in various disciplines including Bachelor of Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Nursing Science, Bachelor of Science with Education (Biological) and Bachelor of Science with Education (Physical).

Of the 103 graduands, four passed with first class degrees. The four were identified as Kaweesa Mark who obtained a first class degree in Nursing Science, Nafuna Stella in Information Technology while Caku Jimmy and Kayonga Benard excelled in Bachelor of Science with Education.

Speaking to Journalists at the University on Wednesday, Prof. Christine Dranzoa, the Muni University Vice Chancellor said Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the State Minister of Education in charge of Primary Education will preside over the ceremony on behalf of Janet Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports.

“We expect 103 graduands to be passed out on Saturday and at this time, I want to pose and thank God for this honor and privilege that despite all the odds, our students have persevered together with the staff to navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic,” Dranzoa said.

“Of the graduants that are going to be passed out, what is very significant is that we shall be graduating the first Nurses students who have been with us for the last four years in Nursing Sciences on Saturday. We are very grateful because as a University, we will be making a contribution to this country and to the world at a time when health professionals are much needed,” Dranzoa added.

She commended the Ministry of Education and other Ministries for having supported Muni University to reach this far.

Mr Felix Opio Okello, the Muni University Academic Registrar noted that a total of 26 students were admitted for Bachelor of Nursing Science, but six of them couldn’t make it due to different challenges.

He said some didn’t pass all the exams while others dropped before completing the program.

Prof. Simon Anguma Katrini, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics explained that they have created a Zoom link through which the graduation will be broadcast and students will be awarded their various degrees through the zoom link. He added that Muni University YouTube account will also air the entire ceremony besides all West Nile Web platforms.Prof. Simon

“Prior to the graduation ceremony on Saturday, on Friday we are going to have a mini-ceremony where the graduands who have completed their studies in Bachelor of Nursing Science take their professional oath. This will also be done virtually,” Katrini stressed.

“We are encouraging the parents, the guardians and sponsors of these students to bear with everybody not only with us because Covid-19 has affected everybody, but this is the situation we have got ourselves in and we will have to really follow the directives to minimize the infection,” Katrini said.

Muni University currently has an enrolment of 429 students pursuing 12 different programs.