Following the release of Mbarara University’s (MUST) final list for the 30th graduation scheduled for February 24, conversations have stirred online after a graduand appeared on the grad list with a registration number drawing from the year 2001.
Set to graduate with a Bachelors degree of Computer Science, Martin Alex Tugumisirize (“Tugumisirize” to mean being patient) began his academic journey in 2001 when he enrolled at the Mbarara-based university, but is said to have been fraught with obstacles along his academic journey.
Even as years turned into decades, Tugumisirize juggled his studies with work and other time-demanding responsibilities, never losing sight of his goal of earning his degree.
His completion comes at a similar time when a separate graduand under the information technology class – Timothy Karugaba, who enrolled for the course at MUST in 2010, is set to graduate come the 30th graduation ceremony marking 14 years of his pursuit for the degree. Lately, it is almost as if universities run in a timeless realm where academic deadlines are merely suggestions.
Just last week, Campus Bee brought to you a story of a former Makerere Guild President who finally graduated this year, after undertaking his course for 10 years. The news highlighted the university’s policy which generously allows students to extend their academic stay to a certain limit.