Starting Tuesday, February 25th, 2020, degree certificates will be issued following published schedules.
An announcement published on UR website reads: "From February 25th, 2020, graduates may collect their November 2019 degree and diploma certificates and academic transcripts in person upon presentation of official identification."
The schedule for collecting the degree and diploma certificates shows that College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) and College of Business and Economics graduates will collect theirs at CBE in Gikondo starting February 25th to March 10th, 2020.
College of Agriculture, animal sciences and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM), College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) and College of Education (CE) graduates will collect their degree and diploma certificates at the Registrar’s office in Remera.
College of Science and Technology (CST) graduates will collect their degree and diploma certificates at the registrar’s office in Nyarugenge.
However, from March 11th, 2020, CAVM graduates will be collecting their degree and diploma certificates from the registrar’s office in Busogo while CE graduates will be collecting them from Rukara Campus.
In January 2020, there were countless complaints of graduates reproaching the university’s administration of lateness in handing over degree certificates. They noted that it was a major hindrance for those who are searching for jobs.
UR administration explained that the university’s considered target is to always issue degree certificates during the graduation ceremony but that they are in most cases delayed by students who pay for all the necessary requirements at the last minute and others who fail to complete their payments.
UR promised that the degree certificates’ availability will be accelerated as they are no longer printed from Europe but locally. However, the university explained that since degrees are printed in Rwanda for the first time, they will be meticulous in executing it to avoid printing errors.
In 2019, a total of 9,382 students graduated with Bachelors degrees in various fields including 2488 women and 5894 men. They are all still waiting for their degrees.