On Aug. 27, Oklahoma Christian University’s campus in Rwanda held a graduation ceremony for 84 graduate students.
The students were the class of 2020-2021, but since the opening of the satellite campus in Rwanda in 2012, many graduate students have passed through the university.
The degrees offered on the Rwandan site include online and in-person classes. The students have the option to choose from master’s degrees in business administration, accountancy, science in engineering and arts in Christianity and culture.
Oklahoma Christian’s Instagram page congratulated the graduates and said the University is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for them.
“We held a graduation celebration for our eagles in Rwanda and were able to give them the send-off they deserved,” the post said. “We are over the moon for these new alumni. They worked hard and persevered through a particularly trying year – and succeeded with flying colors!”
The university said their Rwandan students have regularly achieved academic excellence at Oklahoma Christian.
“Our graduates show the success of their education,” the website said. “We are honored for them to represent the university.”
Throughout the years, Rwandan students have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.79, won local and national research competitions and earned awards including Who’s Who Among American University Students.
Director of Oklahoma Christian in Rwanda, Anitha Ingabe, said she hopes these degrees will help these alumni to transform their working place.
“Most of the students who come here are already employed,” Ingabe said to The New Times Rwanda. “We hope that this degree will take them to the next step, that they will take the values and knowledge they have gotten from our program to go and impact Rwanda as a whole.”
Oklahoma Christian President John deSteiguer sent his congratulations to the graduate students.
“We are so proud of you, and we want to sustain and strengthen our relationship with you, Oklahoma Christian University alumni,” deSteiguer said.
Adam Tchelezo graduated this year with an International Business degree. Tchelezo said the degree is important and relevant to the career he chose.
“I got to learn how you can take a company from a national level to an international level, how to network and maintain international contacts,” Tchelezo said to The New Times Rwanda.
Paulette Mpano, a graduate in leadership and organization development, said besides the professional skills, the master’s degree helps with networking and interpersonal relations. She said the environment helped, even during the pandemic.
“The journey was a bit tough due to the pandemic but the system is user friendly and the professors made it smooth in the most possible way,” Mpano said to The New Times Rwanda.
Chair of the Graduate School of Business, Ken Johnson, said having students graduating from the campus in Rwanda is important.
“We have alumni with business knowledge, character, Christian values and practical competence to make a better life for themselves and the country,” Johnson said.
Oklahoma Christian’s website says they celebrate the relationship with the Republic of Rwanda.
“Hosting his excellency, Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, on the Oklahoma campus was a high point in OC history,” the Oklahoma Christian website said. “We are thankful for our Rwandan students in Kigali and in Oklahoma. OC is home to extraordinary callings.”