I was very happy and honored to be invited to process in the 2014/15 academic year’s first Congregation today, Wednesday, 27th of January, 2016, in the Great Hall at Chancellor College at 7:30 a.m. The Vice Chancellor, Professor John D. Kalenga Sakawill presided over the ceremony.
Although the early start time of 7:30 a.m. surprised me at first, I realized that since the day would be so much hotter in the afternoon, starting early is a good idea.
Here are some of the degrees that were conferred on the 700+ graduates present today:
- Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
- Bachelor of Arts (Public Administration)
- Bachelor of Arts (Theology)
- Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
- MEd. in Policy Planning and Leadership
- MEd. in Testing, Measurement and Evaluation
- MEd. in Curriculum and Teaching Studies (Social Studies Education)
- Master of Laws (Commercial Law)
- Master of Science in Informatics
- Master of Arts in Economics
- Master of Arts in Development Studies
- Doctor of Philosophy
Also included were degrees from the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, and The Polytechnic (Information Technology, Environmental Health, Mathematical Science Education, Architectural Study, and Land Surveying).
Here is a wonderful view of the Great Hall from the Stage where the faculty (including me) were seated.
This is the lovely hard-covered program I held in my lap. The whole occasion was both festive and formal, highlighting the significance of higher education in our society.
Some other pages from the program:
Here is a narrow glimpse (taken from my seat on the stage) of some of the graduates waiting to be called to the stage. These faces depict the myriad of feelings that graduates have as they move into different chapters of their lives.
After the ceremony, excited families and friends waited for their beloved graduates to descend from the Great Hall.
These graduates will be the future of Malawi! What an exciting day!