MASERU – The national University of Lesotho (NUL) will on September 26 hold its 45th graduation ceremony virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has stopped gatherings.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the university, which is based at Roma some 34 kilometers southeast of Maseru, announced it will for the first time, hold a virtual graduation ceremony.
Traditionally, NUL held its graduations ceremonies towards the end of September at the Machabeng Stadium at its main campus in Roma.
It said in a statement: “The National University of Lesotho (NUL) will, for the first time, hold a virtual graduation ceremony on the 26th September, 2020 for the 45th Convocation for the award of Certificates, Diplomas and Conferment of Degrees.”
It added that: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NUL will hold online ceremony which will be transmitted in three ways: online streaming via social media channels (NUL Facebook page, YouTube and NUL website, television and radio broadcast.”
It said the graduation ceremony will take form of two segments starting with formal speeches by the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Chairman of Council and a representative of the graduands.
“To make the day more memorable to graduands, Deans of Faculties and Director of IEMS will read out names of all graduands and these will also be shared digitally. Normally, only the names of postgraduate students are read by the Deans,” it said.