AAU College of Health Science Honors over 271 Graduands during 52nd Commencement Ceremony

The graduands included 158 males and 113 females of whom 240 received degrees in general medicine, and 9 obtained qualifications in dentistry. A further 22 received BS degrees in anesthesia. About 198 graduated with distinction, great distinction or very great distinction.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony, state minister of health Dr Dereje Duguma congratulated the graduands and urged them to serve the nation with professionalism, humility and dedication.

The state minister said the government is committed to providing increased access to standard medical care, adding that efforts are being exerted to provide local alternatives for Ethiopians seeking overseas medical treatment and experiencing considerable distress associated with international travel as well as facing catastrophic costs.

Speaking on the occasion, AAU president Dr Samuel Kifle said Ethiopia’s premier institution of higher learning has been engaged in teaching and research for over seven decades, adding that the university has a proud track record as a contributor to the successful implementation of the nation’s development programs. The president further said the university will capitalize on the autonomy it has been granted to strive hard and secure a higher position as an internationally competitive institution of higher learning.

The president congratulated faculty, staff and parents for contributing to the proud accomplishments of the graduating students. He said graduates should uphold their pledge to serve the nation.

For his part, the chief executive officer of the College of Health Science of AAU, Professor Andualem Deneke, said the year’s graduands had all passed the national exit examination, giving the college a sense of institutional pride in the quality of its medical education. He added that, in an unprecedented step, the present graduands took the Hippocratic Oath under a statute dedicated to Hippocrates, the Greek father of medicine, erected on the college’s campus premises.

The chief executive officer further said the health science college is presently engaged in a hospital transformation program and working hard to open referral centers for cancer and heart treatment meeting international standards.

The graduands received degrees from the guest of honour, state minister of health, AAU governance board member, and chairman of the college of health science board, Dr Dereje Duguma, who also handed out medals and other prizes to the most outstanding graduands.