At three separate graduation ceremonies billed for the National Cultural Centre (NCC) on Saturday, the University of Guyana (UG) will graduate some 1,600 students from eight academic units. Students from the Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Education and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and the School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (SEBI) will be duly honoured.
The university will, in fact, graduate its first batch of students from 12 different programmes. Among them will be the inaugural batch of SEBI students. The SEBI was launched in 2017 thereby allowing third-year students in the Faculty of Social Sciences to take advantage of its programmes. Another inaugural graduating batch will come from the Faculty of Health Sciences and will include graduates of the Diploma in General Psychology, Master of Medicine-Emergency Medicine, Master of Medicine-Family Medicine and the first batch of the Speech, Language Therapy and Audiology programme which falls under the Faculty of Health Sciences Medical Rehabilitation programme.
From the Faculty of Engineering and Technology will come the first batch of students of the Associate of Science in Industrial Engineering. Also, from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the first batch of students with the Associate of Science in Computer Science will graduate. Natural Sciences will also graduate its first Associate of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Associate of Science in Biology. The Faculty of Social Sciences will also produce its first Bachelor of Social Science in Business Economics graduates.
The first ceremony on Saturday will be held at 9:00 hours and will feature the Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Education and Humanities, with the graduation address being delivered by Professor David Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University.
The South Bank University is one of the leading British Universities with which UG is developing relations. The second ceremony for the Faculties of Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences and Natural Sciences, will be held at 13:00 hours. The feature address there will be delivered by Guyanese-born Professor Norman Munroe, Director, Office of Student Access and Success and of the Center for Diversity in Engineering and Computing at Florida International University.
The largest of the three ceremonies will be held at 17:00 hour, and it will involve the Faculty of Social Sciences and the SEBI – the two largest units of the university. The keynote speaker there will be Attorney-at-Law Mr. Kamal Ramkarran, a University of Guyana alumnus of the Class of 1997, who is a Partner at Cameron and Shepherd, one of the nation’s leading law firms. Ramkarran is currently serving his second term as President of the Guyana Bar Association.