BBC journalist Peter Mwangangi celebrated his graduation from Aga Khan University where he was taking a master's program in Digital Journalism.
Kenyan BBC journalist graduates with distinction on his masters degree
Peter Mwangangi, who got a distinction on his masters degree, joins a list of celebrities who were best in their class
Mwangangi was elated to announce that he was picked to deliver the valedictorian speech after graduating with a distinction.
A valedictorian is normally selected from among the students who had the highest grades in a graduating class.
The journalist said starting the course helped him get a promotion as a senior journalist at BBC.
“I have been a practising journalist for close to 10 years now, presently working with the BBC as a senior business reporter and that senior bit came about when I was a student here,” he said during the convocation ceremony in Nairobi.
In attendance was Princess Zahra Aga Khan, East African Community Secretary General Dr Peter Mathuki, among other guests.
Mwangangi has been at BBC for four years since he joined in 2018. Prior, he was a senior broadcast journalist at NTV where he worked for a period of six years.
He started his media career at Shine FM which is owned by Daystar University where he was studying for his journalism degree.
It is at Daystar where he met the love of his life Carol whom he married thee years ago.
Other celebrities who were top of their class
In November 2021, NTV’s Swahili anchor Lofty Matambo graduated with a first-class degree from St Paul’s University.
"Four years ago I paused all my other projects and embarked on a journey that has made me proud of myself. A journey to boost my confidence, esteem and readiness to face and stand the world of communication with legit legs. Immediately I was done, even before the ceremony, overwhelmingly new doors and opportunities came knocking from January this year.
"Today, ladies and gentlemen, 14 years since my peers celebrated their graduation, I celebrate this 1st Class Honours as an absolute honour to my God who has made it possible," he celebrated.
In September 2020, BBC’s Akisa Wandera graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from USIU.
During the graduation ceremony, was awarded Cum Laude distinction.
Cum laude is Latin for "with praise" or "with honor" and represents an academic level of achievement. Institutions use the phrase to signify an academic degree awarded to someone with honorable excellence in academic coursework.
CS Keriako Tobiko
In 1984, Environment CS Keriako Tobiko was the top student in Kanyakine High School in Meru where he sat for the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) and was included among the top students in the country.
Due to his performance, Tobiko was awarded the Gandhi Smarak Award, which enabled him to study law at the University of Nairobi on a full scholarship.
During retired President Mwai Kibaki’s high school education at Mangu High School, he scored the highest possible marks in a national exam at the time.
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