Bindura University of Science Education hosted its nineteenth Graduation Ceremony on Friday 6th November 2020 at the Faculty of Science Education Complex. The ceremony was officiated by the University’s Chancellor, His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Dr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.
A total of 1348 graduands drawn from the Faculties of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Commerce, Social Sciences and Humanities, Science and Engineering and, Science Education were conferred with degrees by His Excellency, Dr E.D Mnangagwa. The figure was made up of 314 Diplomates, 17 postgraduate Diplomates, 770 first degree graduands, 246 Master degree graduands and 1 Doctorate degree graduand.
In his graduation speech, the Vice Chancellor Professor Eddie Mwenje underscored that among the number of graduands were 73 undergraduate first class passes, 282 science educationists, 331 agriculture and environment experts, 234 social scientists, 171 scientists and engineers and 538 business experts, including economists, accountants, bankers and marketers.
Of interest to note was that out of the total number of graduands, females constituted 51%.
Commenting on the percentage of female graduands, the Vice Chancellor Professor Eddie Mwenje stressed that it was a remarkable milestone in the University’s effort to promote gender equality in higher education provisioning, and in particular, the enhancement of access to University education by the disadvantaged girl child.
“This success story assumes an even deeper significance, coming as it does, against a backdrop of female students outclassing their male counterparts in science based domains, considering that BUSE is predominantly a science institution. Congratulations to the girl child,” said Professor Mwenje.
Professor Mwenje congratulated the graduands on behalf of University stakeholders for successfully completing their studies. He urged the graduands to use the skills they acquired to transform the country into a better place.
“Just as our Vision states, we have moulded you to become future global leaders and innovators, therefore be determined to scale above your limits. Endeavour to dream more than others think is practical and to expect more than others think is possible. So be unique, be different and be exemplary in your actions,” he said.
The graduation ceremony was attended by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Hon. Professor dr Amon Murwira; Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Hon. Raymond Machingura; Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Hon. Senator Monica Mavhunga; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Professor Fanuel Tagwira, other government officials, BUSE Council , Vice Chancellors from other universities and Bindura University of Science Education staff members.