By Staff Writers

Maseru, Sept 08 (The Night’s Watch)  – The National University of Lesotho (NUL) will not hold graduation ceremonies on its Roma campus this September.

The university released a statement on Monday to announce that it will hold “a virtual graduation ceremony” on September 26, 2020.

“The National University of Lesotho (NUL) will, for the first time, hold a virtual graduation ceremony on the 26th September, 2020 for the 45th Convocation for the award of Certificates, Diplomas and Conferment of Degrees,” the university said.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NUL will hold online ceremony which will be transmitted in three ways: online streaming via social media channels (NUL Facebook page, YouTube and NUL website, television and radio broadcast,” it added.

The university closed its Maseru (Institute of Extra Mural Studies) and Roma campuses to all but key staff in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Examinations at the end of the academic year in May took place online.

In a statement on Monday, the university said the graduation ceremony will take form of two segments starting with formal speeches by the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Chairman of Council and a representative of the graduands.

“To make the day more memorable to graduands, Deans of Faculties and Director of IEMS will read out names of all graduands and these will also be shared digitally. Normally, only the names of postgraduate students are read by the Deans,” it said.

It added that: “Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, graduands will be expected to come collect their certificates in the week of 28 September 2020, to 2 October 2020. A schedule for collection of certificates will be shared.” NW

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