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Attendees get their groove on at the Graduation Dinner hosted by the Student Council in honor of the graduating Class of 2018 on Thursday, September 27 at Radisson Blue Hotel, Nairobi. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Antonio Longangi

The graduating Class of 2018 was hosted by the Student Council on Thursday, September 27 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Upperhill, as part of the Commencement 2018 exercises.

Themed “Casino Royal” the dinner brought together over 300 graduands and alumni, as well as members of staff and faculty to interact and reminisce on their various academic journeys.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, congratulated the graduating class reminding them of the history they were making: “USIU-Africa will be celebrating 40 years since the first commencement ceremony, and 50 years since the university was established,” he said. He went on to challenge the graduating class to “...bring in new and creative solutions to challenges they will face, and have been prepared for.”

Journalism alumna and CNN Multichoice Journalist of the Year Award winner, Ms. Asha Mwilu in her keynote address urged her audience to develop and maintain their moral values. “Integrity is one of the qualities you will not learn in course-texts, but through personal commitment and practice in and outside of class. Keeping off the grass when no one is watching provides a great opportunity for such practice,” she said.

Ms. Elham Soni (International Relations, ‘18) who with her friends founded the Educate Your Own student initiative offered brief remarks regarding the internal motivation that drove her to launch the initiative in 2015. “We had friends struggling and dropping out for financial reasons. Connecting that to our personal experiences and the importance of education, led us to take action,” she recalled.

DVC - Academic and Student Affairs, Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono, led the toast to the graduating class of 2018 before tokens of appreciation were presented by the current Student Council to their predecessors - the then Student Affairs Council.