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Masisi makes history at UB


Inauguration of the University Of Botswana Chancellor and 35th Graduation Ceremony 


October 14, 2017 marks a major milestone in the history of the University of Botswana. On this date, the University will inaugurate its fourth Chancellor, the Vice President of the Republic of Botswana, Mr Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi, who will be making history as the first alumnus and the second non-head of state to occupy such as a position.

The inauguration, together with the graduation ceremony, will take place at the University of Botswana Stadium from 6am. Since its inception 35 years ago, the University of Botswana has had the position of Chancellor occupied only thrice. First it was in 1982 when Sir Ketumile Masire became the inaugural Chancellor.

Sir Ketumile served for a period of 16 years during his tenure as state president. When he retired from the presidency in 1998, he passed the baton to former President Dr Festus Gontebanye Mogae who served for a period of 10 years. When Dr Mogae retired from the presidency in 2008, Sir Ketumile would make history becoming the third Chancellor and the first none head of state to hold such position. Sir Ketumile held the position until his death in June this year.

Therefore, when Vice President Masisi is inaugurated as the fourth Chancellor on October 14, 2017, he will be making history as the first University of Botswana alumnus and the second non-head of state to occupy such a post. Mr Masisi will confer degrees and diplomas at a joint University of Botswana (UB) and the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) Graduation Ceremony which follows immediately after his inauguration.

About 2753 graduands will receive their certificates from UB and BUAN this year. Of the number, 2 467 are from UB comprising 14 PhDs, 189 Masters’ Degrees, 1 898 undergraduate degrees, 249 PGCD and 117 diplomas. From BUAN, there are 286 graduands comprising nine Masters’ Degrees, 226 undergraduate degrees and 51 diplomas. The graduation ceremony will be the 35th since the inception of the University of Botswana in 1982.

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