A colourful mix of music and dance, academic regalia, themed performances, speeches and jubilant graduands highlighted the opening ceremony of a week-long National University of Lesotho (NUL) graduation festivity. This year’s staggered Graduation Ceremony ran from the 25th September, 2023 to 3rd October, 2023 for the 48th Convocation for the Award of Certificates, Diplomas and Conferment of Degrees.
There were no events on the 28th and 29th September to accommodate the Local Government Elections.
The split activities of the ceremony were held both at the Roma campus and the Institute of Extra-Mural Studies (IEMS) Maseru campus on various days, attracting a lot of audience – both physical and virtual.
In this new mode, the Graduation Ceremony was staggered over five (5) days split according to Faculties. The first day was dedicated to the Official Opening of the Convocation by the NUL Chancellor, His Majesty King Letsie III. Other speeches were made by the Chairman of Council, the Vice-Chancellor, special invited guests and graduands’ representatives. Afterwards, Faculty-specific ceremonies began with the Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Law on the first day. Other Faculties and IEMS followed on the subsequent days.
His Majesty King Letsie III, in his capacity as the NUL Chancellor congratulated all the graduands reminding them that they leave university today with the best possible education to successfully enter the workforce, and with the intellectual skills that make it possible to be life-long learners. He acknowledged all the efforts of staff who continue to work hard to provide quality education despite challenges brought about by the lack of adequate resources.
The subsequent faculty-specific ceremonies were presided over by the Vice-Chancellor. Faculties competed in showcasing the talents of their students in and out of the classroom.
NUL Vice-Chancellor highlighted this year’s graduation theme: NUL, recalibrating quality, relevance and visibility.
“These three elements of quality, relevance and quality are important for Higher Education Institutions all over the world. Among others, NUL is consistently increasing its research output and innovations, increasing postgraduate footprint, establishing and maintaining collaborations and partnerships with external stakeholders including private sector, the armed forces, civil organizations and other institutions of higher learning,” he said.
It is the second year that the University holds a staggered ceremony. The aim is to give graduands a chance to enjoy the ceremony in smaller manageable groups rather than a large group, all at once, as has been the case in the past. This new mode enables NUL to attend to the graduands with the dignity and respect they deserve on their special days.
A separate ceremony for postgraduates is yet to be held at a later date.
All the events were streamed live via NUL social media channels (NUL Facebook page and NUL YouTube channel) during all the 5 days and can be viewed by following the links below: