VP Alupo Advises Graduates to Never Allow Fear or Doubt to Hinder Them in the Pursuit of Their Dreams

The Vice President of Uganda, Maj. Jessica Alupo has offered guidance to university graduates, urging them to persevere in the pursuit of their aspirations and ambitions, regardless of any challenges they may encounter.

Alupo made remarks during the 14th graduation ceremony of St. Lawrence University which took place on 22nd February 2024 at the university campus.

During the journey towards success, graduates will inevitably encounter hurdles and setbacks.
The Vice President, who also serves as the Chancellor of St. Lawrence University, emphasizes that it is in these difficult moments that individuals’ resilience and perseverance are put to the ultimate test.

“Embrace these moments as opportunities for growth and development, and never let fear or doubt hold you back,” she said while presiding over the 14th graduation ceremony for St. Lawrence University where graduands walked away with academic accolades in various fields.

VP Alupo addressing the ceremony

She cautioned the graduands against being unpatriotic in pursuit of their desires and dreams, and also reminded them to be mindful of their health as HIV/AIDS is still a threat.

Alupo who is also Katakwi district woman legislator, advised the graduands that as they go out to face the world, they need to remember the importance of building and maintaining a strong network of professional connections.

“The relationships you forge today will not only provide you with valuable insights and advice but also serve as a source of support and guidance throughout your careers. I encourage you to carry with you the lessons, experiences and connections you have gained throughout your time at our institution. Cherish the memories and friendships you have forged, and use the knowledge and skills you have acquired to make a positive impact in the world” she counseled in a motherly tone.

VP Alupo in a group photo with the University Council and management

Alupo informed the graduands that the valuable lessons and experiences they have gained at the University have not only shaped their academic knowledge but also cultivated essential skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication among them.

It is these skills, she said; that will undoubtedly serve as a solid foundation for their future successes as they enter the world of work.

She challenged them to recognize the fact that learning has no boundaries given the ever-evolving world.

“So you must update your knowledge and skills. Embrace opportunities to learn and grow throughout your careers and never be afraid to challenge yourself and push beyond your comfort zone,” she counselled.

Former VP Edward Ssekandi greets his successor VP Alupo at the function 

The country’s Second-In-Command didn’t forget to remind the graduands of the support system that has helped them to reach this level in their lives.

“Your parents’ families, friends, guardians and mentors have played a significant role in your journey, offering all material needs, guidance, encouragement and love. Take a moment to express your gratitude for their unwavering support and know that you are forever indebted to them,” she said.
Salutations to Prof. Lawrence Mukiibi, Board.

Alupo who is the first-ever, female Chancellor of this university, attributed today’s colourful ceremony to the NRM government policy on Liberalizing Education which she said has opened its doors to the private sector to invest in Education at all levels to complement the government.

The graduands expressing their happiness upon completion of their studies

She saluted the late Prof. Mubiibi who founded this university and also commended the Board of Directors and the University Council and management for exhibiting teamwork spirit which has enabled the university to stay on track.

“This harmonious relationship is key to the steady growth of the University. Over the past fourteen years, the University has produced distinguished God-fearing men and women who have made a good contribution to resolving society’s challenges,” Alupo who made one year today as Chancellor noted.

She congratulated graduands for accomplishment of their efforts, hard work, dedication and resilience that each of them has demonstrated throughout their academic journey.

“May you all find success, happiness and fulfilment in your chosen paths, and may your lives be filled with endless opportunities for growth and learning. Congratulations, graduates and may you forever be proud of your accomplishments,” she said.


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