The Strathmore Institute of Management and Technology held its second graduation on Friday, November 1, 2019. 390 diplomas and 141 professional certificates were awarded at the ceremony. The graduates represented eight nationalities: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Strathmore Institute is the professional training arm of Strathmore University and is an accredited institution under the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA). The institute was registered by TVETA in February 2017.
The traditional ceremony includes the wearing of gowns, the awarding of honours and the celebration of each student’s accomplishments through the presentation of certificates and awarding of diplomas.
The principal of the institute, Patrick Kibui, speaking at the graduation, said, “With the knowledge and skills that you have acquired from Strathmore we send you into the world to make your contributions as good servants, no matter how small your contribution will be; for it all counts.” He thanked all collaborators and benefactors as well as the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA), Strathmore Institute College Board, ACCA, ISACA and KASNEB, all of who have assisted the Institute to reach its current status.
Courses aligned to SDGs
The Chief Guest at the ceremony, Mrs. Mercy Wanjau, Acting Director General at the Communications Authority of Kenya, noted that Strathmore Institute’s course listing offers are aligned to the demands of the Big Four Agenda and to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“It is gratifying to note that the Strathmore Institute has chosen to equip the students with skills that are not only logically consistent with today’s labour demands, but also responsive to tomorrow’s work environment,” she said.
Outstanding students in both academic and extracurricular activities were feted during the graduation. The academic excellence awards were given to the best overall students in each course: Diploma in Business Information Technology award, Gloria Moturi; Diploma in Business Management, Jesse Reeves; Diploma in International Relations; Diploma in International Relations, Elizabeth Radina and Diploma in Journalism and New Media, Nicole Mudibo.
The Community Service Award was given to Victor Bonyo. This award is given to the graduating student who has shown the greatest interest, concern and initiative in assisting the disadvantaged in the community, and has expressed this concern and initiative in a practical way by promoting and seeing through to completion some project in favour of the underprivileged.
Dr. Vincent Ogutu, Vice Chancellor Designate, encouraged the graduates to pause and reflect on the meaning of this stage of their lives. “One of the University’s values is life-long learning. Pause and ask yourself at the end of this period of intense learning: what did I learn? What will I use for the rest of my life?”
This article was written by Wambui Gachari.
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