The University of Nairobi will Friday hold its biggest graduation ceremony ever with over 4,379 students expected to graduate on Friday during the institutions 55th ceremony in which billionaire businessman Peter Munga will receive an honorary degree.
Of the number, 57 will graduate with doctorate degrees — 42 men and 15 women, diploma (995), Bachelor’s degree (2,761), and postgraduate diploma (20) and Masters (545).
Vice-Chancellor Peter Mbithi said students who will be graduating are from the colleges of agriculture and veterinary, architecture and engineering, biological and physical sciences, education and external studies.
So big will be the ceremony that the names of the graduands will be projected on a screen instead of being read as has been the tradition in Kenyan universities.
Among those who will be graduation is former Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo. He will be graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy degree a development that would end doubts about his academic qualifications.
This is because when he was interviewed for the Inspector General’s job, he only indicated his Certificate of Primary Education as his only qualification. But those who know him say Kimaiyo, who was orphaned at an early age, home-schooled himself and later sat for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
After joining the police service, he took the opportunity to further his studies.
“While in the police force, he did not just work. He took advantage of every opportunity to study. He went to Israel and the US to school. Later, he did a diploma, then a degree, I think in the UK, a masters at UoN and then his ongoing PhD at UoN. For those of us who come from Kerio Valley, we know exactly how hard it was and still is to pursue meaningful education,” the Standard quoted a source familiar with his educational journey as saying in an article that raised suspicions on his qualifications.
According to the Daily Nation, Prof Mbithi said Mr Munga was proposed for the award by the school of economics at the University for his entrepreneurship role in the country.
The proposal was tabled to the Senate which was convinced that Mr Munga was qualified to receive the award.