A message from the head of Kyambogo University, psychology department: Congratulations, Class of 2019!
To the Psychology graduates of the Class of 2019,
This is YOUR day. We applaud you, we honor you and we stand with you during this momentous time.
Today we recognize the accomplishments of the undergraduate, graduate students in the department of Psychology of Kyambogo University. Your dedicated pursuit and successful attainment of your respective degrees will allow you to make a difference in the health and well-being of our region as future practitioners, counselors, educators, researchers and leaders.
You made it! You persevered through the years, studied dutifully, spent countless hours at internships or clinicals, put it many late nights and early mornings. You may have even balanced academics with both family and/or work life, but you made it and are now sitting
Change: A simple definition of change is “to become different”. During the past few years you have made choices that will have a huge impact on your future. YOU have changed. Your experiences while at Kyambogo University have altered your perceptions about the world and about yourself. Your experiences will continue to be the lens in which you see the world. Many changes have occurred in your personal and academic endeavors and that’s simply a part of life. Change will always be around the corner. It transcends you, builds you and most of all – helps you grow.
Inclusion: What makes psychology department exceptional are the bonds that hold together one of the most diverse campuses in our nation. And, in the words of Vice chancellor Prof. Elly Katunguka, “Our University derives strength from the diversity of its population and from its commitment to equal opportunity for all. We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of our society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges.”
As a future health and human service professional, inclusion is something you will embrace wholeheartedly, as the ones you will go on to serve will come from all walks of life.
Responsibility: Each of us has the power and responsibility to become a rainbow in the clouds. Prepare yourself to make a bold difference in your profession and in the lives of those you have chosen to serve.
And, as we reflect today lets be reminded of those who have been our rainbows in the clouds – those who have guided you along the way and supported you throughout your journey. This day also serves to honor them – family members, friends and other loved ones. Those who have lifted you up and on whose shoulders you stand tall. To those who surround us in rainbows of love and friendship, we give you our highest gratitude.
Graduates, you have been well-equipped by your department and faculty at large ,a faculty who are leaders and researchers, who are recognized for excellence in teaching, and whose dedication, hard work, and passion have guided you to this day. To the faculty, staff and administration of the department of psychology, we say “thank you”.
Graduates, as you go forth as members of psychology Kyambogo University 16th graduating class, and alums of the department of psychology, be proud of your individual and collective accomplishments. When you leave here today, you will represent the department as alumni who will make a difference and truly impact our region in critical ways. Know that your alma mater and your faculty and staff are so very proud of you. And perhaps more importantly, please know that we are all counting on you to help create a thriving, mental health region, bringing to life our university motto, “Knowledge and skills for service.”
For the impactful contributions and the difference we know you will make in our region and beyond, we say “thank you” class of 2019.
Congratulations to each and every one of you.
Henry Kibedi, PhD
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT