The University of Nairobi will on September 25th, 2020 perform their 63rd graduation ceremony. Only this time, UON graduation will be held online.
In a statement released on Friday, the UON Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama noted that those to graduate will be students who have qualified for PHDs, Masters, Bachelors, Diplomas, and Fellowships.
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The professor all said that all continuing students will begin their new academic year 2020/2021 online, in September, on a date to be announced by the senate.
To the parents, the Prof. had this to say;
I urge parents, guardians and sponsors to support the students with smartphones, iPads, or computers to enable them participate in our online classes from the safety of their homes.
The first year students joining the University of Nairobi will undergo their orientation online.
The virtual orientation will come after the UON academic division issues joining instructions and guidelines for the first year class of 2020/2021.
Professor Kiama also said that virtual teaching, learning, administration of exams, and graduation will continue online until the Covid-19 contagion is contained in the country.
Only then will it be safe to resume face to face learning on its campuses.
The university has not been spared from coronavirus infection, with 10 members of staff and four of their dependants getting the infection.
Three active members of staff and one retired staff member succumbed to the disease.
In a message of condolence to those affected by Covid-19, the vice chancellor had this to say;
It is a difficult period for our Country and UoN community. I convey my condolences to the affected families and pray to the almighty God to give them comfort and strength to overcome the pain and loss. I also wish a quick recovery to all those who have tested positive.
UON had earlier on this month indicated of their wish to reopen its 35 campuses in November 2020 for full face-to-face learning.
But as the virus infections continue to surge, the hope of reopening of institutions of higher learning is still marred with uncertainty.