A total of 1,714 of graduates were conferred with degrees in various disciplines at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi yesterday.
The ceremony which started with mass in the morning, was presided over by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala.
President Museveni had been invited as chief guest but neither he nor a representative attended.
Cardinal Wamala told graduates to be champions of moral and ethical integrity.
“Go with all the values and good character you have acquired from this institution. Make a difference outside there,” the Cardinal said.
Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi was founded by the Catholic Church in 1993.
The Cardinal also paid tribute to the late Archbishop Kiwanuka, who he described as the man who conceived the idea of starting a Catholic University in Uganda.
The university chancellor John Baptist Odama, the Gulu Diocese Archbishop, conferred the degrees and awarded diplomas.
Seventy five graduated with certificates, 298 with diplomas, 909 with bachelors, 20 with postgraduate diplomas and 411 with masters.
There were 959 male graduands compared to 755 females.
Outgoing vice chancellor Prof Charles Olweny also announced Dr John Chrysostom Maviiri as the incoming VC and would be taking over in January.
About the university
Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi was established in 1993 as a faith-based private university owned by the Uganda Episcopal Conference. It received a civil University Charter in 2005 from government, which legitimize its existence and autonomy.