January 16th, 2020 enters the history of the University of Lay Adventists of Kigali (UNILAK) as it celebrates its fourteenth graduation.
The day saw 678 men and women from different academic fields and levels awarded their degrees. 59 of them were awarded master’s degrees while the remaining 619 were awarded bachelor’s degrees.
Dr. Jean Ngamije, the Vice Chancellor of UNILAK, urged the graduates to grab opportunities the country offers.
“You graduate in a period when the country is celebrating its achievements in the just finished vision 2020. This is a time filled with great opportunities and contemporary challenges that you need to stand and face and contribute to the well being of our society,” Dr Ngamije said.
Akayezu Esperance, a graduate in marketing department testifies that the education provided by UNILAK enabled them to become future good professionals but above all, better people and thanked the University and parents.
“To all faculty lecturers and support staff, thank you very much. To our parents and sponsors, there is a large part of this degree that belongs to them, they work behind the scenes, but are certainly the ones who contribute the most to our success and we want to thank them for this great gift that they have given us, education,” she said.
In his message to the graduates, the legal representative of UNILAK, Pastor Ruhaya Ntwali Assiel challenged them to always wear the hat of ethics, if they were to be successful.
“The University education you have received testifies not only the theoretical and practical knowledge you have acquired, but also to your rigor, your critical sense, your sense of ethics, your social responsibility and your team spirit,” Pastor Ruhaya said.
“Throughout your career, you will be held to this duty of rigor and will have to maintain the highest level of ethics and probity,” he added.
This graduation was the second in this academic year. In July 2019, the University graduated 323 students.
The management of UNILAK wishes the graduates the best of luck “whether they choose the path of higher education or the job market.”