Bahir Dar University conferred honorary doctorate to Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda at the graduation ceremony of the class of 2016 today (July 2). The event was attended by high-level government officials, including Dr. Mulatu Teshome, the President of FDRE, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ato. Gedu Andargachew, President of the Amhara Regional State, senior management of the university, invited guests and families of the graduating class of 2016.
On the occasion, Dr. Mulatu Teshome handed over the honorary doctorate to President Paul Kagame. President Kagame was honored for his extraordinary achievements in ending the Rwandan genocide, and empowering women who make up the majority of the Rwandan parliament. Kagame's track-record in improving the living conditions of citizens, and the positive developments he has overseen in the country's health and education sectors was also recognized.
Upon receiving the award, President Paul kagame expressed his gratitude to Bahir Dar University and thanked the regional administration and people of Bahir Dar for the warm welcome and Ethiopian hospitality he received during his brief stay in the city. The President said, "Rwandan Women played crucial roles in liberating us from our internal problem; our Ethiopian brothers and sisters were with us too." While getting his message across to the graduating class of 2016, Kagame said, "You must all be proud to be the fruits of this great nation called Ethiopia." "Africa is rising, together; let's build an Africa one that would progress more ahead," he added.