ADDIS ABEBA – Addis Ababa University graduated over 9637 students during its 69th commencement ceremony held today at Millennium Hall.
Of this number, 2763 graduates are women, according to the University. It also says 5, 876 are undergraduates and 3761 are postgraduates. The remaining 320 graduates are Ph.D. students.
The university has also conferred honorary degrees on Grand Mufti Sheik Umer Iddris, the recently appointed Chairman of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Council and of the Ulema, and Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group.
The graduation ceremony at the Millennium Hall has been attended by prime minister Abiy, who addressed the graduate class of 2010 Ethiopian Calendar.
PM Abiy expressed “his pride and well wishes” for the new graduates.
He described universities as spaces for exploration, critical analysis and research, requiring engagement with various thoughts.
“In this regard, he called upon graduates to nurture an open mind. He also encouraged graduates to commit to principles of service, giving, resilience, love and lifelong learning,” said the Prime Minister Office.
Addis Ababa University (AAU), which was established in 1950 as the University College of Addis Ababa (UCAA), is the oldest and the largest higher learning and research institution in Ethiopia.
Over 222,000 students have graduated from AAU since its establishment, according to AAU’s website.