By Ms Emily Bochere Ondari
Heartfelt honour is to our Almighty Father
who has granted us good health, peace, love, security and mercies on our
journey to share this joyful moment.
The presence of the following is greatly acknowledged:
Our chief guest; Honourable Dr Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Minister of Health and Social Welfare
Ambassador Dehlavi, the Chairman of the University
The President of the University, Mr. Rasul
The Provost, Dr. Greg Moran
Faculty from AKU and other universities
Employers, family members, friends, alumni and fellow colleagues
Utmost appreciation goes to all groups and
institutions which have supported us - the Tanzanian Higher Education
Students’ Loans Board, the Ministries of Education of Tanzania, Kenya
and Uganda, Johnson Johnson, the Rotary Club, the Awali group and all
other financial donors who helped us study conducively.
Although the academic journey was rocky and
hilly, we are finally graduates because of the smooth, lovely and
parent-like guidance from AKU faculty members for which we are grateful.
Therefore, dear faculty share graduates’ happiness today because your
input has led to a productive output.
Self-determination, intrinsic and extrinsic
motivation, time management and self-directed learning were keys to the
safe of excellence. As alumni we should continue to practice these
wherever we go to grow professionally and be role models for others.
Information and Communication Technology was
invaluable in this tough road. The AKU curriculum reinforced ICT
throughout our respective programs especially the e-learning components.
We are now confident in using ICT and so let us find new ways of
incorporating it in our lives in order to bring about development at a
personal and social level.
The knowledge, skills and attitude gained
from research, scholarly papers, community field work and elective
modules have given us an edge over graduates of other universities in
the region. Let us continue to excel and bring honour to our university
by the outstanding work we do.
Our lovely students left behind, please
follow our footsteps. We have already worked together as buddies so we
hope that you have already copied the tactics and secrets behind our
success. Do not hesitate to consult us and we shall work hand in hand
because we are all proud ambassadors of AKU foundation.
As alumni, let us resolve to shine and work
tirelessly in various institutions where opportunities will be granted
to create impact on nursing care and education without forgetting our
pledge and at all costs not abandoning our professional ethics so as to
bring about positive change to our overall image.
I believe this day has come about because of
the following principle that I call the AKU Success Formula that
comprises of five components;
- Good student entry criteria
- Learned and motivated faculty
- Well stocked, updated resource centre and library
- Consistent student and faculty evaluation
- Proper time management
These have resulted in quality alumni
throughout the years. Let us be proud that we are products of this
formula and use it in our respective work places when applicable.
As we depart, we remind the AKU community to
consult us whenever need arises, we are the fruits of your labour.
Finally, as graduates who have shared this academic journey let us keep
in touch professionally and personally.
Thank you all for listening. Have a good day and enjoy the ceremony.