The Kisumu National Polytechnic celebrated its eighth-graduation ceremony at a colourful event presided over by the Kenya National Examination Council chairman Prof. George Magoha on Friday March 2, 2018 at the institution’s grounds.

More than 2000 students from 10 departments graduated with Higher National Diplomas, Diplomas and certificates in various technical and business fields. The graduation ceremony is a culmination of years of study under the tutelage of an experienced team of academic staff with the support of the administration of the institution.

“Of the more than 300 institutions I have visited across the world, this polytechnic is as good as the best of them in terms of the equipment, training facilities and resources you have,” said Professor Magoha. The Chief guest criticized the conversion of technical institutions into universities, saying that this could lead to an imbalance in the number of technicians that the economy requires, “Kenya could end up with too many consultants and senior engineers without the necessary technicians to support their work … the craze to have all students study in universities is utter nonsense, it deprives the society of the most needed skills,” he said.

Chief Principal Mrs Joyce Nyanjom hosted the ceremony that was attended by various guests including the director Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Dr Meshack Opwora, the Council Chair Engineer Peter Okaka and council members, County woman representative Rosa Buyu and Kisumu County Education minister Dr John Obiero Ogone who represented Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o. The Creative Arts Club, modern dance troupe, choir and other clubs kept the congregation entertained with well-choreographed performances showcasing their talent.

TVET director Dr Meshak Opwora echoed Prof Magoha’s sentiments saying, “TVET is the future of this country and, our focus is to ensure equity, gender considerations and delivery of competency-based curriculum to train and equip our future leaders with skills for self-reliance”. Professor Magoha also lauded the institution for the initiative to establish the Open Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL) which is focused on delivering competency-based courses that impart skills applicable in industry. He encouraged the graduands to maintain high integrity as they enter the job market.


The institution’s success can be attributed to support from various stakeholders including the Ministry of Education, the World Bank, Canadian Institutes and Colleges; local industries and institutions.” TVET programs are expensive to run and I must thank our parents for the financial support and our partners too, their contribution has been immense,” Prof Okaka said.

Mrs Nyanjom congratulated the graduands for their excellence and encouraged them to remain focused, “I am confident that you have been well equipped with skills and are ready for the job market. This success should be celebrated by all those who contributed to it, the parents, guardians and sponsors. The cordial relationship that we have had with our stakeholders and community cannot be underscored. I’m grateful to you all for your support,” she said.

For many graduates the end of the academic journey marks the beginning of an exciting future working in industries equipped with the power to deliver.

TKNP has witnessed tremendous growth in the recent past in infrastructure, with student numbers soaring beyond 5,000; who are pursuing over 50 diploma and 46 certificate courses. The population is supported by a total of 189 trainers, comprising of 139 and 50 TSC and Governing Council recruited staff respectively.

The 10 departments of the polytechnic include Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Maths Computer, Building and Civil Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Applied Sciences, Institutional Management, Liberal Studies, Entrepreneurship and the Business department. The departments deliver courses through conventional classrooms, Open Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL) and practical sessions.


The Kisumu National Polytechnic (TKNP) is a beehive of activity as the preparation for the eighth graduation ceremony turn into the final stretch. Over 1500 graduates will receive diplomas on the occasion scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Polytechnic grounds.

Registration for graduation is ongoing with several students trickling into the examinations department to collect or return graduations forms ahead of the ceremony. TKNP has also planned a rehearsal exercise before the event to ensure students are familiar with the process.

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Examinations Officer Mr. Nyabwanda described his department’s role: “The students should fill the Graduation Registration forms available at the Examinations Office and return them to us by February 16, 2018”. The forms are also available on the institution’s website and should be surrendered with evidence of graduation fees payment.

The registrar Dr. Charles Nyang’ara called on the graduates to pay the Sh2000 graduation fees by February 16, 2016 in the institutions accounts at Kenya Commercial Bank and Cooperative Bank of Kenya “the graduates must have cleared their school fees to receive certification”, said Dr Nyang’ara.

One of the on-going activities is the design of graduation gowns that students will wear on the occasion. They will be available for hire at the polytechnic from February 26, with students expected to return them by March 7. “The institution is committed to not only awarding the students their certificates, but also ensuring that their graduation attire befits the national polytechnic’s stature”, said Mrs. Joyce Nyanjom, the Principal.

The graduation ceremony is a culmination of training programs that students have undertaken in diverse fields and successfully completed. The institution will be releasing graduates from 10 departments including Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering Applied Sciences, Information Communication and Technology, Hospitality, Business, Liberal Studies, Entrepreneurship and Business studies.

Kisumu National Polytechnic ranks among the ten national polytechnics that are in the process of transitioning from the Ministry of Education domicile to Technical, Vocational Education, and Training (TVET). The transition efforts are evident in the local and international partnerships that TKNP has activated in recent times. One such collaboration is with Canadian Institutes and Colleges and Kenya Education for Employment that the institution has recently engaged for the students’ benefit.

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