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Dr. Kenneth Ozmond from the Saint Mary's University decorated with an honorary Doctorate degree of Human Resource Development and L.L.D.

The University professors.

Two hundred and sixty-two graduants.

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10th December 2005:

The President Alhaji Yahya Jammeh Saturday presided over the second convocation of the University of the Gambia.

The ceremony held at the Independence stadium and was attended by students, senior government officials and members of the diplomatic corps.

Two hundred and sixty two students graduated after completing a four year degree programme in various fields. In his convocation address, the President who is also the Chancellor of the University said his government is committed to the development of education and would continue to provide funds to the University of the Gambia.

The Gambian leader disclosed that government has allocated a site in Faraba Banta for the construction of a University campus. He also appealed to Gambians to put aside their differences and skepticism and support the development of the University of the Gambia.

President Jammeh urged management to continue the reform work at the University and assured them of his government full support.

Dr Jammeh advised the graduating students to strive hard to contribute to the development of their families and nation.

The Gambian leader commended the government of Cuba, Taiwan, Nigeria, World Bank and the Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada for their immense contribution to the development of University education in the Gambia.

The Secretary of State for education, Fatou Lamin Faye said the courses offered by the University are relevant to the needs of the country.

The Chairman of the governing council of the University Abdoulie Touray thanked President Jammeh for his passion and dynamism in supporting the University.

In his speech, the Vice Chancellor of the University professor Andreas Ludvig Steign advised students that honesty should always be their guiding tool as they enter the wider world. He thanked the staff and donors of the hard work and contributions to the success of the convocation.

The Vice President Aja Isatou Njie Saidy and Dr. Kenneth Ozmond from the Saint Mary's University were also confered honorary doctorate degrees of human resource development and L.L.D respectively.

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