Addis Ababa University (AAU), in a colorful ceremony, graduated a grand total of 10,908 students on July 8, 2017 at Millennium Hall. This figure record high since its establishment.
Out of the total number of graduates, 6557 saw through their undergraduate degrees while the remaining 4351 were postgraduate of which 207 earned their PhD. The number of female graduates accounts 26%.
Guest of honor of the ceremony, H.E. Kassa Tekleberhan, Minister of Federal and Pastoralist Affairs and Board Chair of the AAU, handed out degrees and awards for valedictorians and PhD graduates.
Professor Admasu Tsegaye, President of the University, warmly congratulated the graduates and families and welcomed guests at Millennium Hall.
He said that AAU, being prestigious higher education institution in Ethiopia, took the lead in producing skilled man power.
“The University diligently works to drastically increase number of graduate enrollment capacity and become research and graduate studies hub,” said the President in statement.
The University is undertaking holistic changes, noted the President, in teaching-learning, quality education, university-industry linkage, administration, research, and community service to take lion’s share in accelerating growth and transformation plan of the country.
He further stated that the number and quality of research outputs published on reputable journals by AAU researchers and postgraduate students, is continuously increasing making AAU among top preeminent higher education institutions in Africa.
Extending his congratulation message to all graduates, H.E. Mr. Kassa Tekleberhan acknowledged AAU’s unmatched contribution in producing skilled task force for the country.
To emancipate, said the Minister, the country from poverty and illiteracy and transform to holistic prosperity, the government has set strategies and policies that will pave ways for its achievement.
“The overall economic revolution underway in the country can be realized through well educated and competent man power that can bring breakthrough in transforming the intended agrarian economy to industry led economy,” said the minister.
Present on the ceremony were ministers, ambassadors and invited guests. The program was live televised on the state television, the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC).
The University’s Cultural Center graced the event at Millennium Hall with iconic song “Enkuan des alachu” which translates congratulation!