In a move aligned with the university’s strategic plan for 2010-2030, Makerere University has initiated the issuance of transcripts to students prior to their scheduled graduation. The strategic plan focuses on the comprehensive integration and automation of various university functions, including academics, finance, and human resource management.
According to Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, the institution has commenced the distribution of transcripts to students eligible for graduation. The decision aims to provide graduates with timely access to their academic documents, enabling them to pursue job opportunities promptly.
The upcoming 74th graduation ceremony, initially scheduled for January 8 to 12, has been extended to January 29 to February 2. More than 10,000 students are expected to graduate from diverse programs during this period.
Professor Nawangwe expressed gratitude to the Academic Registrar and the team for their efforts in implementing this initiative. He emphasized the importance of graduates having their transcripts in hand before the official graduation ceremony.
This move marks the second occasion that Makerere University has distributed transcripts before graduation, with the first instance occurring before the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Umar Kakumba, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics, confirmed that all transcripts are ready for distribution. Students who have cleared their academic requirements with the university are encouraged to collect their transcripts. Professor Buyinza Mukadasi, the university’s Academic Registrar, informed that transcripts are available for pickup at respective colleges, and prospective graduates can obtain them by presenting evidence of clearance.
The previous delays in processing academic documents were attributed to a manual system that the university relied on. Professor Buyinza explained that the adoption of an automated system has streamlined the process, making academic records digitally accessible and facilitating efficient transcript printing.