Botho University celebrated the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony on 11th June 2021 with 603 students, graduating from various discipline of studies.
The 2021 Graduation event was officiated by the Honorable Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Edwin Dikoloti.
The grand ceremony was fully virtual, keeping in mind the ravaging pandemic that does not allow large gatherings. This is BU’s 2nd Virtual Graduation ceremony and it is to be noted that Botho University was indeed the first institution in Botswana to host a Virtual ceremony in 2020 just after a 2 month long lockdown, ensuring that an important milestone in a student’s life is not taken away due to the pandemic, but at the same time maintaining strict health protocols. On the day of the live streaming, over 1000 people watched the proceedings LIVE and many others were able to witness the ceremony through our various social media channels including Youtube and Facebook across several countries. To ensure there is interaction, BU had facilitated a LIVE CHAT for students, parents, stakeholders and various invitees watching to be able to leave congratulatory messages.
Mr. Tebogo Matebesi, Senior Lecturer from the Faculty of Business and Accounting coordinated the virtual graduation event, he introduced the Vice Chancellor Dr. Sheela Raja Ram as an inspiration to many and a woman who strongly believes in education. During her welcome remarks, Dr. Ram highlighted that indeed there are major changes we have witnessed so far during this COVID 19 pandemic.
However, she emphasized to all graduates to make use of the virtual opportunity in acquiring more skills through online education to succeed. She said, “How can you take advantage of this rapidly changing future of work? To begin with, I ask you to keep growing your “Skill Stack”. In these times of rapid change, you need to stay ahead –building upon the foundation of your degrees. There are numerous professional certifications that you can acquire, and these can make you more attractive and valuable to employers. Success will require a determination on your part to adopt lifelong learning to keep developing yourself ahead of others.”
During the awards handover, Evita Tlhobogang walked away with a Cash Prize of P10 000 for the Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama “Spirit of Botho” Award, for displaying overall excellence in both academics and Botho Graduate Profile qualities .
Ms. Karen Mbene, the Class of 2020 Valedictorian and recipient of the Festus Mogae Award walked away with a Prize Money of P 5 000. Delivering her motivational speech, she encouraged other graduates to keep the wheel turning and never stop learning. She continued to say, “School at university has ended but education has not. There is still so much to be learnt about the industries we are venturing into. Find a mentor, and be ready to sacrifice for your dream, even if it means volunteering for a while. And because competition is fierce, find the gaps in your industry and fill them. If you want to have long term success, find a problem to solve.”
The Minister of Health and Wellness, Hon. Dr. Edwin Dikoloti commended Botho University for several partnerships it has with various global institutions including University of Venda in the Republic of South Africa, Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and DHBW – Lorrach University of Germany. He further added “I also learn that the Ministry of Health and Wellness has partnered with your institution in providing some internship places for students currently studying BSc (Hons) in Health Information Management. In this regard, 130 students were placed in 2020 and another sizeable number is being placed this year.”
The highlight of this year’s graduation was the photo booth which was set up for all the graduating students to capture their memories, where pictures were printed for free and given out to registered graduates. In his closing remarks, the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Mr. Golekanye Setume congratulated the Class of 2020 indicating that they have done well despite the hurdles and challenges in the COVID 19 Era.