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It's Triple celebration for DP Ruto today!!

DP William Ruto in a past graduation ceremony.
Today, Friday December 21 2018, will be a triple celebration for the Deputy President William Kipchirchir Samoei Ruto who will not only be marking his 52nd birthday as well as his 27th \ wedding anniversary to his wife Rachel, but will also be conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Plant Ecology. 

This means that Ruto who calls himself 'hustler' will now be officially addressed as Dr William Ruto”.

Ruto will be graduating after defending his thesis on the 'Influence of Anthropogenic Activities on Land Use in Western Kenya'. 

He defended his thesis at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nairobi. His doctorate thesis touches on one of the problems being experienced at the moment as government embarked on the fight against rogue property developers who erect structures on riparian land.

DP William Ruto (right) on the field doing the research for his Doctorate degree thesis.
The DP will graduate alongside 9,000 other graduands at the UoN square beginning 7:30 am.

His name, alongside six other UoN graduands, was approved and published by the university Senate last month during a session chaired by Vice-chancellor Peter Mbithi.

It has taken Ruto six year of hard work to attain his Doctorate status. In 2016, he failed to graduate because he had not met all the coursework requirements. The DP has a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and Zoology and a Master’s degree in Plant Ecology.

Ruto started his schooling at Kerotet Primary School before joining Wareng Secondary School for his O’Levels. He proceeded for his A’levels at Kapsabet Boys in Nandi.

Ruto holds a Bachelor's degree in Botany and Zoology from the University of Nairobi. He graduated in 1990 and a Masters in Plant Ecology in 2011.

Ruto was earlier set to graduate for his doctorate two years ago.

Philomena Mwilu, the Deputy Chief  Justice, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and Meru Senator Mithika Linturi will also be conferred with masters of law.

According to data at the Ministry of Education, Kenya has less than 10,000 Ph.D. holders. Only 369 students graduated in 2017. 

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