A total of 1,637 students have graduated at Kibabii university in Bungoma County.
The biggest higher learning institution in the region has continued to produce quality graduates to the job market.
Speaking during the fifth graduation ceremony principal secretary, state department for university education and research Amb.Simon Nabukwesi called on graduands to support the ‘Big Four’ agenda through quality education.
The ceremony was held virtually as a way of observing covid-19 protocols.
Nabukwesi emphasized the need putting together infrastructural facilities to support e-learning, automate administrative functions, enhance research and innovation in food security and entrepreneurship.
“Student welfare matters have and are continuously being addressed, the construction of the modern sports field and students centre will go a long way in ensuring that students physical and mental well being are addressed,” he said.
Nabukwesi challenged students to use the quality training they have acquired to positively impact to society and the country.
“You have been trained and equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and character to face the new world and offer solutions to challenges bedeviling the society,” he said.
University vice chancellor Prof. Isaac Ipara Odeo said that the institution continues to produce quality graduands who got the job market.
“Despite the disruption caused by covid-19, we are here today to celebrate with you our graduands, this great milestone,” he said.
He added, “It is a testimony that we are on the right trajectory as a University in fulfilling our core mandate of producing graduates who are ready for the job market,”.
He stated that at Kibabii university they endeavour to give students quality education through the most rigorous curriculum and favourable facilities and conditions.
“We have opened our doors to foreign students who feel inspired by the quality of our programs. As we anticipate to attract more to join us we want to reaffirm out commitment to upholding quality teaching and learning as well as research and innovation,” said Odeo.
Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati congratulated graduands for the milestone they have achieved academically.
He lauded the national government for putting up such an academic facility which is the biggest one in Western Kenya to help offer training to area residents.
The county government has given the university over 100 acres of land for expansion and will be willing to offer more if need arises.
“As a county government they will partner with the university in offering help to needy students through the endowment funds, we will be giving out Sh7 million to help the needy students pursue their trainings without much challenges,” he said.
He challenged the graduands to move out into the job market heads high having received quality training from Kibabii university.
13 students graduated with Doctorates, 48 Masters, 1410 Bachelors, 146 Diplomas and 20 Diplomas