Professor Kihumbu Thairu, Chancellor


I welcome you all to the 15th Graduation Ceremony of Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology. As we gather here today, we acknowledge the great work that has been done by the graduands, the faculty who have been teaching them and their parents and guardians. We are all here to celebrate this incredible achievements of the class of 2023 as we usher and prepare them to the next generation of leaders who will solve the grand challenges of our time.

Congratulations to our newest alumni, you have accomplished an enormous task, and you have even greater potential than when you began your studies here. Ladies and gentlemen, these graduands have studied hard, made life long friendships, have matured emotionally and socially but have also acquired education that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Graduates, your achievements here are not impressive, but you have not realized success on your own, your parents, family, friends and KWUST faculty have walked with you through this journey; we all sincerely thank them for their support in realizing this great success. As you start your next phase of your lives, we do know that there will be challenges and opportunities to which you will respond, as a university we wish you all the very best as you enter into these uncertain terrain.

As I speak here today, the university has made enormous progress and accomplishments since the award of charter last year all geared towards realizing it’s vision and mission of producing graduates for the market place. The approval of seven degree programmes including two masters degrees by the Commission for University Education (CUE) in August this year is one of the great milestones since the inception of this university. The completion and equipping of Kitchen I which is currently in use by the Hospitality students as well as the partial completion of School of Business Complex phase I comprising of ten lectures halls is just another milestone for the year 2023. The ongoing completion of kitchen II with a capacity of 150 students at a sitting and the ground breaking of the School of Hospitality Management complex this month sums up the infrastructure projects of 2023.

On my own behalf, I wish to thank the University Management Board, the Senate, the Council and the Board of Trustees for this great accomplishments. In conclusion, to my fellow graduates and everyone who has come here to support us, let us celebrate our accomplishments, cherish the small moments, and look forward to a bright future.

Thank you, and congratulations to the graduating class of 2023.