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.
"On the day, if there are additional tickets available in the live link - and usually there are - graduands
can buy as many tickets as they like.
Still, you've got to hand it to St Andrews University, which numbers among its graduands
the former milkman Sean Connery and war correspondent Kate Adie.
's thesis also refers to several countries, including Sweden, where the abolition of corporal punishment has led to a significant decrease in the acceptance and use of physical punishment of children.
At Anglia Ruskin University, officials advise their youngsters thus: "It is requested that graduands
do not throw their hat up into the air."
Ruby Walsh's mount Graduand
is sure to be a big danger.
But he might not cope the fir and in-form Graduand
, a course bumper winner before failing narrowly to Mister To Notch, also at Naas.
Walsh, who is now 13 winners clear in the race for the Irish championship, will be attempting to boost his British tally of 66 at Sandown tomorrow before heading for Naas on Sunday when the Frances Crowley-trained Graduand
in the opening maiden hurdle will provide him with his first chance of achieving the `ton'.
Trainer David Fitzgerald suggested that Mister Top Notch could run in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, having beaten favourite Graduand
by a half-length.
(5.20) Scored on his second start over this course and distance last time and looks the type who can defy his winners' penalty.
of the University of Wales (which includes even that institution calling itself "Cardiff University") is charged in the degree ceremony as follows; "May your care ever be for the success and fair name of our university and our country".
Suitably recumbent, the graduand
's head is touched by the hallowed biretta - an ancient cap said to have been made from John Knox's trousers.