The immediate past President of the UZ SRC, Tonderai Dombo was arrested today when he brandished an anti-Mugabe placard as President Mugabe capped over 3 600 graduands.
His placard read “Graduate today, rovha mangwana.” There were record number of first class passes and the record number of doctorate degrees conferred at the ceremony.
Professor Nyagura said the UZ is open to capture the knowledge generated by society so as to sustain and further develop the intellectual and cultural base of the country.
The graduation ceremony saw 3 637 graduands being conferred with doctorates, degrees and diplomas from nine faculties and the college of health.
Among the graduands were the youngest ever student in the 61 year history of the university to have enrolled at the institution, Maud Chifamba who attained a Bachelor of Accountancy Honours Degree.
It also saw the graduation of the pioneer students of the Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences Technology.
In his opening remarks at the occasion , Professor Nyagura said the UZ has embraced ZIMASSET by using its own resources, artisans and expertise to expand living and learning space at the institution.
"In this regard the institution has constructed a complex with 10 state of the art lecture rooms with a combined sitting space of 1000, a pharmacy laboratory which can accommodate 130 students an engineering computer science laboratory with 100 state of the art computers and additional 3 lecture rooms and huge lecture theatre that accommodates 1 100 stuudents," said Professor Nyagura.
He also reiterated that the UZ has created an environment which has the capacity to support high quality research, high quality teaching and high quality learning.
It has also reviewed its curriculum to promote innovation, application of science and technology and entrepreneurship.
Professor Nyagura noted the university has advanced into providing training in forensic science, geospatial intelligence and aeronautical engineering.
The graduation was punctuated by song and dance from the UZ choir, but the crowd went into frenzy after the proceedings as they began celebrating their achievements.
Some of the prominent graduands at the ceremony were CIO Director General, Retired Brigadier General, Happyton Bonyongwe, Minister of State in Vice President's office Phelekhezela Mphoko, Cde Tabeth Malinga, military officers Major General Sibusiso Moyo and Colonel Lucky Bangidza, as well as legislator Pscychology Maziwisa, most of whom attained Master of Science Degree in International Relations.
Ministers Kembo Mohadi, Saviour Kasukuwere, legislators and the business fraternity which included bankers and industrialists were among those who witnessed the graduation ceremony.