You are at the beginning of a very long journey of inquiry, learning, experiment and discovery, said Mr. Peter Kimbowa, the Chief Guest at Strathmore Business School (SBS) graduation as well as the Chairman of CEO Summit- Uganda, during the 7th Annual Graduation Ceremony on 5th December, 2014 at the SBS premises situated in Nairobi, Kenya.
The ceremony saw about 247 participants all in managerial and leadership positions graduate from the various executive education and healthcare programs, to join the Alumni Association of SBS, as well as mark the beginning of what we believe will be a continuous learning journey for them.
The programs included the Advanced Management Program, Senior Management Leadership Program, Program for Management Development, Owner Manager Program, Leading High-Performing Healthcare Organisations Program, Executive Healthcare Management Program and Managing Healthcare Businesses Program from Kenya. Upcoming CEOs from Uganda also had the opportunity to graduate from the CEO Apprenticeship Program, which is held in partnership with the CEO Summit Uganda.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Njenga, Dean of SBS gave a speech on the theme: Knowing your Purpose and completing it. He urged the graduands to be clear about their mission in life and to ensure that their talents bear fruits. I see many talents in all of you. Why should you be fruitless? said Dr. Njenga. He further challenged the graduands to have a positive outlook and to promote positive values in themselves as well as in the society in which they live and work. He called on all to focus on inward transformation because only then will they be able to share/ spread their wisdom and love to others.
The key note address was delivered by Mr. Peter Kimbowa, the Chief Guest at the SBS Graduation as well as the Chairman of the CEO Summit Uganda. His speech was a call to action for leaders in political as well as the business spheres. He emphasized on the need for leaders to identify the societal needs of those in their communities and to find a sustainable solution. He also advised leaders to refrain from being narrow minded and to engage in discussions that will transform and touch the lives of others.
He ended his speech by quoting the late Maya Angelou, people will forget what you said, they will even forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Leonard Ithau, the Alumni representative convinced all the graduands to make use of the SBS Alumni Association. Over 1000 alumni have passed through SBS and today that number has increased to 1, 300, said Mr. Ithau. He termed the Alumni Association as a platform where alumni can network with each other and keep abreast with the alumni activities. The biggest success of SBS is its alumni, added Mr. Ithau.
The colorful ceremony was culminated by a vote of thanks from Patricia Murugami, the vice Dean of Talent Development at SBS. As she spoke on the value of appreciating others, she acknowledged the efforts of all those who made the event a success.
Indeed, at SBS the quality of our education is known by the caliber of our grduands.
Congratulations to SBS Executive Education and Healthcare graduands, class of 2014!