Patrick Chitumba, Midlands Bureau Chief
THE Midlands State University (MSU) will hold this year’s graduation at its Kwekwe campus, a break from its tradition since its inception in 1999 where the institution held its ceremonies at the main campus in Gweru.
MSU also has campuses in Harare, Mutare and Zvishavane.
The graduation ceremony will be held on December 2 at the Kwekwe campus along old Gokwe Road.
The university’s Kwekwe campus is set to house different faculties which include the faculty of Natural Resources Management, Law, and Agriculture.
Construction of the Kwekwe campus started in 2019 on a 50-hectare piece of land donated by the City of Kwekwe.
The university is working tirelessly towards increasing its capacity from 22 000 students to more than 50 000.
In an interview yesterday, MSU director of communications, Mrs Mirirai Mawere said:
“MSU will this year host its annual graduation at its campus in the City of Kwekwe. As usual, the Chancellor who is President Mnangagwa will officiate at the graduation ceremony. We want to embrace our multi-campus approach where we can hold a graduation ceremony at any of our campuses,” she said.
The Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs and Devolution Larry Mavima commended MSU for taking that approach.
“This is a first and it’s very commendable. This year’s graduation will be held in the City of Kwekwe, which coincidentally is President Mnangagwa’s hometown. What better way to celebrate the setting up of the campus than having the first-ever graduation ceremony there,” he said.
The ceremony will have Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), postgraduate students with distinctions and undergraduates with a first-class pass, attending the ceremony physically, while the rest of the graduands will follow proceedings virtually.
“Please be advised that the blended Midlands State University 2022 graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, the 2nd of December 2022,” read the notice.
“A physical graduation ceremony will be held at Kwekwe Campus along old Gokwe road. All PhD/DPhil graduands, postgraduate graduands with distinctions and merit and undergraduates with first class degree passes will participate in the physical ceremony.”