He urged the graduands
to be committed to succeed in their chosen fields.
To the graduands
, he said: 'Whatever the choices, you are a vital asset of the country and being (aged) under 30, you will be directly involved in contributing to the country's economic growth and will play an important role in the affairs of the country.
Some 6,666 graduands
were conferred with degrees, diplomas, and certificates - two doctorates, 337 master's degrees, 115 postgraduate diplomas, 4,755 bachelor's degrees, 1,020 diplomas, and 437 certificates.
He noted that the leather industry was viable at all points along the value chains and would be a lucrative business venture for the graduands
The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire composition graduate and city native is set to receive the honour from the University's Chancellor and fellow Midlander Sir Lenny Henry before an audience of music and art graduands
at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on Tuesday.
A record 16 graduands
achieved a first-class honours degree in subjects ranging from agriculture, rural business management and environmental resource management, to applied animal science, horticulture and garden and greenspace design.
Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the university, said: "We aim to 'be the difference' and I am proud that, at this summer's graduation ceremonies, we will honour six outstanding individuals who embody this ambition and are exemplary role models to our graduands
figure By PAULINE KAIRU Deputy President William Ruto stood patiently in an academic procession of 99 graduands
as he waited for his name to be called before he walked to the podium for conferment of a doctoral degree by the University of Nairobi.His face lit with joy as his family, friends and supporters followed the event keenly.
The first ceremony attracted graduands
from the faculties of business, social science and sport and computing and creative industries, while the second gathering was dedicated to care and science, engineering and automotive, and service industries students.
"She is a role model for our graduands
and embodies the university's ambition to 'be the difference'."
For her part, MANCOSA Botswana principal Ms Patricia Tabengwa applauded the graduands
for displaying the necessary commitment to learn, acquire and produce knowledge.