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300 to miss Makerere graduation over fees

KAMPALA- Makerere University has said about 300 students who did not clear tuition fees will not graduate at the university’s 68th graduation next week.
In a public notice through the media, the university has asked parents, guardians and sponsors to verify financial positions of their students with the university bursar before January 16, the first day of the four-day graduation.
The names of the affected students were published in the press yesterday.

“Those who have not satisfied all the requirements (both academic and financial) will not graduate,” Ms Ritah Namisango, the university spokesperson, said yesterday.
According to the university’s Academic Registrar, Mr Alfred Masikye Namoah, each graduand is expected to nominate two guests who will accompany them to the graduation venue at Freedom Square.

Graduation fees
Mr Namoah said each under graduant will pay Shs110,000 for graduation fees, postgraduates Shs100,000, PhDs Shs120,000 and $130 (about Shs480,000) for international students.
The university has also published items that are prohibited at the graduation venue. They include weapons/firearms, cameras, cells/batteries, chemicals, big hand bags, alcohol, canned food, drinks and bottled water.

After last year’s graduation, the university administration came under intense public reproach when one of its senior officials allegedly engaged a private company illegally to keep custody of the guests’ mobile phones and other electronic gadgets at the graduation venue.
The company reportedly fleeced parents and graduands under the guise of securing their mobile phones and other gadgets by charging them Shs3, 000 for each item for custody.
The academic registrar also announced that all graduation gowns will be acquired from the University Senate Building at Shs98,000.

“The gown is exclusive to Makerere University. You are advised to strictly purchase the gown from the designated place,” the notice reads in part.
At last year’s graduation, the university failed to provide enough gowns forcing graduates to purchase gowns outside at exorbitant prices.