50th Convocation scheduled for November 12

Guyanese Dr Vincent Adams, Deputy Field Manager in the US Department of Energy, is expected to deliver the keynote address at the 50th Convocation of The University of Guyana (UG), Turkeyen campus, on Saturday, November 12, 2016, on the campus. Dr Adams is an alumnus of UG. He was amongst the first batch of graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

About 1600 students are expected to graduate with master’s and bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and certificates The ceremony will be honoring graduates from all academic programmes in the seven faculties- agriculture and forestry, earth and environmental sciences, education and humanities, health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, technology and the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education.

One notable milestone of the 50th Convocation is the graduation of the first batch of students from four new programmes offered at the university in the Faculties of Health Sciences and Technology. Six students will be conferred with the Master’s degree in Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases; along with six students who will receive the Master’s degree in Public Health. The Bachelor of Science in Medical Rehabilitation will be conferred on three students; while nine students, including UG staffers from the Facilities Maintenance Division will receive the Diploma in Industrial Engineering. While the university is proud of the academic success of all the graduands, special mention must be made of the outstanding achievements of Mr Ganesh Mithra Singh, a visually impaired student, who will be graduating with a degree in Social Work (Distinction).

Additionally, to mark the occasion of the 50th Convocation, the university will debut the Jubilee Song, which will be sung by the newly formed university choir, led by Ms Sandrene Abrams, and accompanied by the Guyana Police Force band. The song is the winning entry in the UG sponsored song competition, composed by Ms Liane Dewar, a Canadian based Guyanese.

The public is asked to note that in the event of heavy rainfall in the area, an announcement would be made on radio and via the university’s facebook page, about a possible change of venue.



With a current enrollment of some 8,000 students, The University of Guyana (UG) has graduated more than 20,000 students who have gone on to successful careers locally, regionally and internationally. The University is also a major contributor to the national economy and to business and industry. Established in 1963 on a part-time basis with shared space at Queens College, UG moved to its own campus at Turkeyen in 1970 and expanded in 2000 with the addition of the Tain Campus. It now offers more than 60 under- graduate and post-graduate programmes including Engineering, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Urban Planning and Management, Tourism Studies, Education, Creative Arts, Economics, Law, Medicine, Optometry and Nursing. Several online programmes are available and UG also offers extra-mural classes at four locations through its Institute of Distance and Continuing Education. UG also offers the opportunity for student engagement in debating, sports, and cultural, religious and professional activities.

Public Relations Division 
September 22, 2016

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