The University of Malawi (UNIMA) has postponed its forthcoming congregation which was supposed to be held on October 24 at the College of Medicine (COM) Sports Complex to Friday, October 26.
At the same function there will also be a symbolic event for a coronation of President Joyce Banda as Unima Chancellor.
Earlier the education class of 2007 at Chancellor College asked for the postponement after noting that their programme is missing on the congregation list because they are still students as they have not completed their teaching practices (TP), in partial fulfilment of their bachelor’s degree.
The 200 education students, wanted the graduation to take place when they will have been done with their TP, ending on December 7 or the TP be cut short so they graduate with their colleagues.
UNIMA’s Registrar, Tarsizius Nampota, attributed the postponement to the President Banda’s trip to Brussels, Belgium.
“The ceremony will rather take place on 26 October, just two days later than the formerly announced date, and we hope the development will not inconvenience the graduates and all those involved with the ceremony,” said Nampota.
Nampota however, said the rest of the programme remains unchanged.
“Let me also take this opportunity to say that the postponement has only affected the date, each and everything remains intact, including time and place,” the UNIMA registry chief said.
Chanco principal Professor Chris Kamlongera said Unima regulations state clearly that education students shall graduate after finishing their TP and since the students have not fulfilled that, they will not graduate.
During the congregation, the president shall confer Doctorate, Masters and Bachelors degrees as well as Diplomas to various newly baked technocrats in the fields of Medicine, Agriculture, Applied Sciences and Law among others.