The feel-good factor was out in full force on a fabulous Friday in Palapye last week as Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) hosted a graduation ceremony for its class of 2023.
In total, 316 students donned their special gowns and caps, becoming the 8th group to pass through BIUST door’s since the university started in 2013.
Held under the theme ‘Re-setting, Re-adjusting, Re-claiming, Driving Change Through Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship’, PHDs, Masters and Bachelor Degrees were all handed out on the day.
Congratulating the graduates for their hard-earned moment in the sun, Vice Chancellor, Otlogetswe Totolo noted this was a milestone that they will remember forever and marks the end of an incredible journey and the beginning of another.
“Events of this magnitude always heighten emotions that reflect a significant era in the lives of the graduants. Your degree represents your extraordinary resilience in learning new skills, showing compassion for each other and our university community. It is a testament to your character, ambitions, resilience, stamina and determination,” praised the Professor, who encouraged his audience to ‘make BIUST proud’.
“Your education is your ticket to unlock a world of possibilities,” Totolo concluded to huge applause.
Guest Speaker, Debswana MD, Andrew Maatla Motsomi said the theme resonates well with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the dynamic and ever-evolving world.
“It is a theme that underscores the imperative of adaptability, innovation, and collaboration as we navigate a future that is both uncertain but full of promise,” noted Motsomi, challenging the graduates to embrace the power of science, engineering, technology and entrepreneurship to drive change and make a positive impact on society.
As well as the young graduates, BIUST also took the opportunity to recognize a golden oldie, in former President, Festus Mogae and his contributions to Botswana’s economic growth.
Mogae, who is the school’s founding and current Chancellor, was awarded an honorary Doctoral Degree as a thank you for his role in BIUST’s growth.