ADDIS ABABA – A total of 6, 163 students have graduated from the Addis Ababa University on Saturday in a ceremony held at the City’s Unity Park.
The event was attended by President Sahlework Zewde, Addis Ababa City Mayor Adanech Abiebie, Minister of Education Professor Birhanu Nega and families of the graduates.
“You are now ready to go out to the wider world to explore and serve,” said Prof Tassew Woldehana, President of AAU.
“It is time to play your role as responsible citizens. Society expects you, as true and honest sons and daughters, to respond to the calls of your beloved country, Ethiopia,” he added.
Among today’s graduates, 169 are PhD and 2, 390 MA, as per the statistics in the University’s website.
More than 1,800 of the total graduates are women, reports say.
The University, which was established in 1950 as University College of Addis Ababa (UCAA), is the oldest and the largest higher learning and research institution in Ethiopia.
Beginning with enrolment capacity of 33 students in 1950, AAU now has the capacity to accommodate more than 50, 000 students in an academic calendar while is staff number growing to more than 3,000.
Over 250,000 students have graduated from Addis Ababa University since its establishment.