More then a thousand students received their university degrees in Addis Ababa on Monday (3 July) at a ceremony at the Grand Palace, attended by Emperor Haile Selassie.
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CU Selassie seated
PAN University staff
GV Students assemble in hall
CU Selassie with programme
MV Students receive diplomas (2 shots)
MV Students going up to receive diplomas PAN TO guest
MV Students continue to receive diplomas.
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Background: More then a thousand students received their university degrees in Addis Ababa on Monday (3 July) at a ceremony at the Grand Palace, attended by Emperor Haile Selassie.
The ceremony was the highlight of the academic year in Ethiopia--and more than five thousand people watched the gowned graduates receive their degrees, one by one, from the Emperor.
A special honorary degree was conferred on the executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Mr. Robert Gardiner. He was born in Ghana in 1914, and was a student of Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England before joining the staff of the Fourah Bay College in Sierre Leone. This academic career paved the way for a distinguished career in diplomacy in matters concerned with the continent of Africa.
The number of students graduating from the university is symbolic of widespread efforts being made in Ethiopia to make education available as widely as possible. Development of the resources of the country have at times been hindered by a high illiteracy rate.
SYNOPSIS: Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie was guest of honour in Addis Ababa on Monday at a graduation ceremony for more than a thousand university students. The highlight of the ceremony was the conferring of an honorary degree on the distinguished African diplomat, Dr. Robert Gareiner--at present Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The degree ceremony emphasises the growing interest in university education in Ethiopia--and the success of the government in making higher education more readily available.
Altogether one thousand and eighty six students gathered to receive their degrees. Most are Ethiopians--but the university at Addis Ababa has also attracted many students from other parts of the African continent.
The gowned students received their diplomas one by one...each receiving a handshake from the Emperor.
The audience included members of the Royal Family, Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Mr. Tewoflos and the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Church. Also there-five thousand people, many parents or relatives of the graduates anxious to share in this major event in each student's life.