Addis Ababa, July 24, 2010 (ENA) – Addis Ababa University graduated on Saturday more than 10,400 students with first, masters and doctorate degrees at a grand ceremony held here at the Millennium Hall.
The university has also honor four distinguished figures with honorary doctorate degrees for their outstanding contribution to the better livelihood, freedom of human beings and being role models for others.
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who is now in Uganda for AU 15th Ordinary Summit, congratulated the graduates and honorary degree recipients via videoconferencing.
Event guest of Honor Education minister, Demeke Mekonnen handed over degrees and medals to graduates and outstanding ones.
The minister said Ethiopia’s effort towards expanding education access is becoming successful and is likely to meet MDGs target in education sector.
Demeke said grand and colorful graduation of the class of 2010 graduates vividly demonstrated nation’s progressive achievements in the education sector.
Government has attached attention to ensure quality of education alongside aggressive expansion of high education, he said and adding, various activities are underway to make higher learning institutions research centers.
He expressed his belief that the graduates would be entrepreneurs and synergize ongoing battle against poverty.
AAU president Prof. Andiras Eshete on his part said the university intake capacity has remarkably been increasing.
He called up on the graduates to use their skill and expertise for to ensure national development and better livelihood.
AAU honorary recipients are an ace athlete Haile Gebressillassie, the founder of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital Dr. Catherin Hamlin, a Ugandan scholar Mehamud Memdani and former South African president Thabo Imbeki.
Close to 8,200 first, some 2265 masters and 15 PhD graduates have received degrees on the occasion.
AAU is running 156 postgraduate, 70 undergraduate and 20 various specialty certification programs.
It was noted that it is for the first time for AAU to organized high number of graduates of commencement.