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Makerere University announces opening dates for all students

The leadership of Makerere University have announced the opening dates for both freshers and continuing students as the academic year resumes after a long holiday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government through the Head of State, President Yoweri Kagutra Museveni Tibuhaburwa ordered for the closure of all institutions of learning and suspension of all and related activities in March 2020.

This move was informed by the Ministry of Health in a bid to combat the spread of the deadly COVID-19 which brought the world to its knees for almost an entire year.

As the year 2020 closed down, a phased re-opening of the different sectors including schools and institutions of higher learning was effected while a great number of Standard Operating Procedures were put in place.

Makerere has revealed that the institution is ready to have all students back starting with the freshers while the continuing students will follow suit a week later.

According to a post of the Univeristy’s official Twitter handle, Freshers will have to report to campus on Saturday January 30th while continuing students will join them later on Saturday February 6th.

The University will hold their 71st Graduation ceremony starting on Tuesday March 16th, 2021 as part of the reopening program.


Fresher’s Reporting Date: Saturday January 30th , 2021

Fresher’s Orientations Saturday: Monday 1st, February to Friday: 5th February 2021 (7 days)

Continuing Students Reporting Date: Saturday February 6th , 2021

Semester One: Saturday: 6th February 2021 to Saturday 8th May 2021 (13 weeks)

Semester One Holiday Break: Saturday: 8th May 2021 to Saturday 15th May 2021 (1 week)

Semester Two: Saturday: 15th May 2021 to Saturday 14th August 2021 (13 weeks)

Recess Term Saturday: 14th August 2021 to Saturday 11th September 2021 (4 weeks)

71st Graduation Week: Tuesday: 16th March 2021 to Friday 19th March 2021

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