New Makerere University Chancellor Dr Ezra Suruma has today presided over his maiden graduation ceremony, which will see over 14,000 students acquire degrees and diplomas.

Dr Suruma was yesterday handed the University instruments of power by his predecessor Prof George Mondo Kagonyera, who urged him to uplift the image of the institution.

Today’s ceremony, the 66th Convocation, was held at the Freedom Square, and the subsequent ceremonies will take place over the next four days, between tomorrow and Friday, January 22.

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Under this batch, 286 students attained first class degrees, obtaining a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of above 4.40 to graduate with honors at one of the best ranking universities on the continent and the oldest in the country.

In his speech Dr Suruma, who was appointed to head the 94-year institution last year following the expiry of Prof Kagonyera’s term, urged the graduates to be innovative, hardworking and disciplined in order to uphold the reputation of Makerere University.

Dr Suruma served as Minister of Finance before being appointed Presidential Advisor on Finance.