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Handshakes, hugs and selfies for Ruto as he graduates with a PhD.

figure By PAULINE KAIRU Deputy President William Ruto stood patiently in an academic procession of 99 graduands as he waited for his name to be called before he walked to the podium for conferment of a doctoral degree by the University of Nairobi.His face lit with joy as his family, friends and supporters followed the event keenly.

The deputy president graduated with a PhD in plant ecology and were it not for his distinctive academic dress a velvet red gown with tiffany blue trimming one would never have distinguished him from fellow graduands.Ruto was the only one who graduated with the degree in plant ecology, so was the situation with other graduands in the other doctoral disciplines.

Dr Ruto (right) take a selfie with fellow graduant at the University of Nairobi graduation square. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUPThe symbol of honour was conferred on the DP by the university chancellor, Dr Vijoo Rattansi, amid jubilation from the crowd, after which he received a big shoulder greeting' from President Uhuru Kenyatta and an embrace from his wife Rachel Ruto.

The couple also celebrated their wedding anniversary and Ruto's birthday on Friday.Dr Ruto, Meru Senator Mithika Linturi and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa during the graduation.

PHOTO | DPPSRuto joined UoN in August 2012 and was supposed to graduate in 2016, but then he did not meet the required threshold.DP Ruto later engaged with fellow graduands at the ceremony, who took dozens of selfies with him as he patiently smiled, sat and stood as they requested.

The president together with a few other officials congratulated the DP for the feat that he achieved despite his busy office.Dr Ruto is conferred with a PhD at the University of Nairobi during the 60th graduation ceremony.

PHOTO | DPPS"Pongezi!" said Uhuru, "Sasa naona kwenye unatorokea saa zinging kufanyafanya.""You know I used to think he was cheating me when he used to tell me that he was going to do research.

I thought he was trying to run away from work," remarked the president in jest, sending the crowd in cheers, "At least now he can justify that he was actually doing research.Dr Ruto is conferred with a PhD by Dr Vijoo Rattansi at the University of Nairobi on December 21, 2018. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP"The deputy president has shown that he can be an extremely busy person in the office and at the same time achieve his academic dreams," said Public Service CS Prof Margret Kobia.

"I am sure he has been taken through a very serious academic rigour and he is graduating today.Dr Ruto is congratulated by his Wife Rachel.

PHOTO | DPPSThe other public figures who graduated were Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa (Masters in Law) and his wife Lucy Musundi (Bachelors in International Relations). Interestingly, just like the DP's, it was also the couple's wedding anniversary.

Also on the honours' list is Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu (Masters in Law, and Meru Senator Mithika Linturi got a reprieve after a High Court ordered the university to grant him his degree in law.The young also congratulated Dr Ruto on his achievement.


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Publication:Daily Nation, Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Dec 22, 2018
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