Just hours after graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Plant Ecology from the University of Nairobi (UoN), Deputy President William Ruto has changed his bio on Twitter handle to reflect his new academic status.
The deputy president has added the title Dr to his name on his Twitter handle with his page now reading Dr William Somoei Ruto, PhD.
“Elated to graduate with a PhD in Plant Ecology from the University of Nairobi. It has taken God’s divine will; painstaking work; maintaining a delicate balance between a hectic schedule and research to add to my academic honors. For many, it would have been easier to give up,” the DP tweeted.
He pointed out that in the end, perseverance, hard work, devotion, dedication, sacrifice and God’s timing saw him through.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was present to witness his deputy’s greatest academic achievement and he later congratulated Dr Ruto via Twitter.
I was delighted to witness my Deputy @WilliamsRuto being awarded a doctorate degree at the 60th #UONGraduation. I urge Kenyans graduating from various higher institutions of learning to use their acquired knowledge to build a strong, united, prosperous and cohesive nation. pic.twitter.com/2yYUMV1SSl
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) December 21, 2018
The University of Nairobi also paid glowing tribute to Dr Ruto for his great academic achievement.
‘I am particularly encouraged by @WilliamsRuto achievement because given his national duties, he has gone to great lengths in disproving the assertion that one can be too busy, or even too old, to learn something new. ‘ Dr . Rattansi #UoNgraduation pic.twitter.com/jsBVirc5Px
— UniversityofNairobi (@uonbi) December 21, 2018
Dr Ruto was also accompanied by his wife Rachel with whom they are also celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary.
It has taken Ruto six years to attain his Doctorate status. In 2016, he failed to graduate because he had not met all the coursework requirements.
The deputy president has a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and Zoology and a Master’s degree in Plant Ecology.