Daystar University held matriculation ceremonies for the incoming students of the August 2015 intake in both Athi River and Nairobi Campuses. Daystar University held matriculation ceremonies for the incoming students of the August 2015 intake in both Athi River and Nairobi Campuses.
In his address to the Athi River freshmen, the University Vice- chancellor Dr. Timothy Wachira declared that the University recognizes that they (students) have academic, social and faith journey to take, and promised that the university will be part of that journey. “As I look at you I see great people that God loves and believes in, let not the journey of others intimidate you,” he said. The Deputy Vice-chancellor Academic Affairs Rev. Prof. James Kombo said education at Daystar University is one that purposes to give the society a person who is complete in character. “Our mission as a university is geared towards faith in Jesus Christ and this will be emphasized everywhere in your 4 year study at Daystar,” he said.
At the Nairobi campus, the Acting Vice-chancellor, who is also the DVC Academic Affairs, Rev. Prof. James Kombo welcomed the new students and congratulated them for choosing to study at Daystar. Acknowledging the role of Dr. Donald and Mrs. Faye Smith in founding Daystar University, Prof. Kombo gave a brief history of how Daystar University came into being. He said the Smiths walked into the Valley Road Campus, 41 years ago, armed with very little except the conviction derived from 2Peter, 1:19 “Until the day dawn, and the day star rise in your hearts.” He called on the students to be involved in various activities at Daystar, so that their studies can become relevant and interesting. “Make your contribution because you have come not as a passive learner but as an active learner” said Prof Kombo. “This University is now yours, you will make or break it,” he concluded.
On his part the Acting Deputy Vice-chancellor Academic Affairs Prof. Levi Obonyo called on the students to open themselves to opportunities available at Daystar. He invited them to enjoy themselves as they study. “A lot of balancing will be required of you but we hope you will be able to balance your time well and turn in your assignments in good time,” said Prof Obonyo to the Evening Undergraduate and Master’s students.
Noting that most of the Evening students are in the middle class; who vote on Facebook, the Deputy Vice-chancellor Finance and Administration Mr. Jomo Gatundu challenged the students to go to places where they can influence policies. “Take your place in the society so that when your story is told they will say, here is a man who transformed the society,” he said. In the two ceremonies, the Deputy Vice-chancellor Academic Affairs led the students in declaration of assent; where the students agreed to be part of what Daystar University believes in, in their pursuit of education at Daystar University. Also present during the matriculation ceremonies were the Deans of Schools, Heads of Departments, Managers and Faculty members.