Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology marked its 10th Graduation ceremony on 3rd March, 2023. The ceremony was presided over by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Hon. Ezekiel Machogu Ombaki.
Present during the occasion was the Siaya County Governor, Hon. James Orengo. The CS was accompanied by other dignitaries including the Deputy Governor, Kisumu County, Hon. Dr. Mathew Owili. This was the first physical graduation since the global pandemic.
While addressing the congregation, Hon. Machogu urged universities to come up with innovative ways of resource mobilization geared towards enhancing research and sustainable development. The CS emphasized on the relevance of universities in Kenya. He commended the University for promoting science and technology as key drivers of economic development and its International collaborations in research and innovation in particular the ten-year partnership with the Flemish Institutions of Higher Learning.
On his part, H.E James Orengo, stated that University had been founded on the right principles, observing that some of the innovations that the University has come up with have been of great benefit to the entire country. The Governor fondly acknowledged the Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Agong’ for the exemplary leadership during his tenure that seen the University achieve great milestones for the County. He added that County endeavors to continue collaborating with the University to use agriculture as an important pillar for food security transformation in the economy.
This marked the Vice Chancellor’s final graduation address. Prof. Agong’ recounted that this has been a wonderful walk, having been both the founding Principal and Vice Chancellor. “The vision was to make JOOUST a great Science and Technology centre of excellence and I am proud to say this has been achieved and indeed, we are proud of the myriad of successes achieved in the technological space.” He also urged the student to embrace an innovative mindset, reminding them that they have been trained to be job creators and not seekers.
During the convocation, the University awarded Duane Allen Smith, from East Central University based in Oklahoma an Honorary Doctor of Science degree (Honoris Causa) owing to his immense contribution in promoting awareness and responsible water practices, the protection, enhancement and development of water resources. Duane has had a scholarly partnership with the University that saw the establishment of the Universities Pi Global Institute (PiGI).
During the ceremony, 26 doctoral degrees were awarded. The University wishes all the graduands success in their future endeavors.