Deputy President Hon. William Ruto has urged graduands to rise up to the challenge and live the values that the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB) has given them. He said the society has high expectations of a UEAB graduate for “to whom plenty is given, plenty is expected”.

Speaking during the university’s 33rd graduation ceremony held on Sunday August 9, 2015 at the Main Campus where he was the Chief Guest, he congratulated the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton for standing out as a University of excellence in all round aspects of its values.

“I want to congratulate the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton for being a true institution of higher learning, and centre of academic excellence. When I see Baraton, I not only see the face of Kenya, but the face of Africa and the globe due to her international representation by committed faculty, staff and students from all over the world. This is a true mark of excellence in an institution of higher learning.” he applauded.

Hon. Ruto reminded the educated Kenyans that they have a big role and an important stake in the prosperity of Kenya, which can be achieved by them being responsible citizens.

‘’The power to read is not a literal statement. It is the power to innovate, inspire and do things for the nation that is of great benefit. You need to go beyond what the degree prescribes” he urged.

The Deputy President reaffirmed that the government is committed to supporting higher education, and has set aside 2% of country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for research and innovation and soon both public and private universities will benefit from this initiative. He accepted the Vice Chancellor’s request to support the construction of a Ksh. 50 Million Library.

During his remarks in the forum Professor Jacob Kaimeyi, Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology congratulated UEAB for continuing to produce quality graduates and further applauded the University management for recruiting an international, intercultural team of administrators, faculty and staff. In this regard, he advised local Universities to emulate this so as to reflect our national values in compliance with the guidelines of the Commission for University Education. On security concerns across the country, the Cabinet Secretary advised the University administrators to take precautionary measures.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Philip Maiyo reiterated the University’s commitment to excellence in the training of the man power this country and others demand. It will uphold a leading role as a centre of excellence in quality education. He cited a recent innovation by some of our IT students who have designed a practical and effective electronic voting system which was used in their recent student government elections.  In regard to research and publication, the Vice Chancellor commended the University faculty for their great efforts to put the institution on the map.

The Vice Chancellor thanked the government for ensuring a socially, secure and conducive environment which has facilitated and enhanced quality learning. Now the University has expanded and has a number of extension campuses namely Nairobi and Eldoret. The intention of the University is to reach out and provide quality wholistic education in this region and beyond.

UEAB Chancellor Dr Blasious Ruguri conferred degrees to graduands and led in the dissolution of the congregation. The 33rd graduation saw over 780 graduands from over 15 nationalities conferred with PhD’s, masters degrees, undergraduate degrees, post graduate diplomas, diploma and certificates in different disciplines. For the first time in its history, the University proudly conferred 7 students with  PhD in Education. Other distinguished graduates include Hon. Samwel  Kazungu  Kambi,  who is a senior government official.

On his part, the President of the graduating class, Mr. Kevin Ireri Mbogo, (Bed), eloquently and passionately thanked the University for imparting them with quality education that would take them far and wide in their service to God and mankind.

Amongst high profile guests in the well-attended and colorful ceremony were: Dr. Cleophas Lagat, Nandi County Governor, Dr. Belio Kipsang, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sarah Serem, Chairperson Salaries and Remuneration Commission and also a member of the Board of trustees of UEAB, Hon. Elijah Lagat MP Emgwen (host constituency) who is also a UEAB alumnus, prominent Church leaders, diplomats and other government officials.

During the Friday August 7 Consecration and Sabbath August 8 Bachelorette services, the grandaunts were blessed with very spiritually uplifting and motivating presentations by Dr. Weymouth Spence, the President of Washing Adventist University(USA). The graduating class motto: FROM BLUEPRINTS TO FOOTPRINTS, was the hallmark of his delivery. Dr. Spence is distinguished for rebranding and revolutionizing his University transforming it to a highly sought Adventist Institution of higher learning thus reversing the enrolment trend which hitherto threatened the closure of the former Columbia Union College.

By Lekishon Laban & Communication Office