University of Nairobi (UoN) will confer a honorary doctorate to President Uhuru Kenyatta during their 56th #UoNGraduation. President Uhuru will receive the honorary degree when he attends today’s graduation ceremony in UoN’s main campus.
Today’s event will see the award of 1 Doctor of letters, 57 PhDs, 2,477 Masters, 49 Postgrad Diplomas, 5,177 Bachelors, 2 Fellowships and 743 ordinary Diplomas. Deputy President William Ruto who was set to graduate with a doctorate degree will now have to wait until next year.
The name of Mr Ruto is missing on the graduation list, despite his promise in June, this year that he would be graduating in December.
However, Kimuyu Maingi and Njeru Mugambi who also studied plant ecology like the DP will graduate with doctorate degrees in the School of Biological Sciences.
Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka will graduate with a masters in law.
Mr Ruto’s doctorate thesis is centred on the impact of human activity on riparian reserves at Saiwa Swamp in Trans Nzoia County.
“I’ve finished the data collection and analysis. Now I’m on the write-up,” the deputy president told the Nation in June.
On Thursday, Mr Ruto tweeted: “As a PhD student, I have subjected myself to that standard. I was due to graduate tomorrow but I can’t because of requirements.”
“I urge all colleges to observe set standards and award certificates to students purely on merit,” he said on his twitter page.
Many Kenyans have taken to the social media pages to castigate or praise the decision by University of Nairobi to confer a honorary doctorate to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Some have questioned the idea behind the award of the doctoral degree reading malice from the university senate and council. Others have taken to twitter to congratulate the president defending the university senate and supporting their decision.