By Francis Kagolo MAKERERE University will from this year give out academic transcripts on the day of graduation. The next graduation week kicks off on Monday, January 18. All the 13,177 graduates this month will walk away with their transcripts on the respective days of their graduation. Vice-chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba announced the new development during a press conference at the university yesterday. So far we have produced 8,502 transcripts of the 13,177 graduands. We shall print the rest in the remaining days, he said. Baryamureeba revealed that the university had contracted a UK-based company, Smith & Ouznan, to print certificates which will also be distributed two weeks after the graduation. He said the move, which has taken the university 87 years to achieve, will save graduates from wasting time returning to the university to pick their academic transcripts. It will also make it easier for them to find jobs immediately after graduation. However, Baryamureeba warned that only graduands who have cleared all their fees with the university would receive their transcripts. This involves paying all university dues and other requirements. Out of the 13,177 students slated for this Januarys graduation, only 6,429 have cleared all their fees, he said. Alfred Masikye Namoah, the academic registrar, explained that issuing transcripts would be decentralised and taken to faculty level to avoid congestion at the Senate building. In the past, it would take graduates over a year to get their transcripts from Makerere, unlike some private universities like Nkozi and Uganda Christian University. Getting a partial transcript, which did not even bear the year of graduation, also took almost a month.