• Hassan Morowa


The first graduation is unique just like a first marriage :) . Your role should be to make it as memorable as possible. Here are 10-tips to make it have the "wow effect" and make it stick for years to come, even when you are gone

On graduation photos, just smile don't laugh :)

Have you returned your graduation gown yet? Before you do, go through this check list and if you have skipped some tip, borrow one from your friends and rectify instead of complaining. Show him/her these tips and you may be surprised to note that he/she may also have forgotten. Follow through and thank me later.

1. Who to take photos with

Before you return that important graduation gown, take photos with at least

a. Your parents and grand parents if possible ( neighbours pia ni sawa)

b. Your sons and daughters

Unless you are a Pro, set the camera to EASY MODE, or P-Mode or the button with camera color (normally RED or Green.)

c. Your spouse (Fiancée ) or "a prospective candidate" d. Your loved one/s (ha ha ha if none of the above applies) e. At least one lecturer, the more you hate him the better

2. Where to take photos

Take a photo: • in your room, • library

• Graduation Court and • one of the lecture halls (hata dining!)

3. Different graduation caps

Normally the graduation cap (Ile kofia ya kuweka pale pale kwa kichwa na ile iko na ka-mkia), are of 2 type- one looks like a trapezium and the other is shaped like a Masaai shield. Ensure you take photos in both. (Borrowing from your colleague is allowed, wacha waseme!)

4. Different Cameras

Never use only one Camera! If a digital camera, make sure it has at least 5MPs (Mega Pixels, not Member of Parliament!) There is no harm using the old ANALOGUE cameras (zile za negative). The main advantage of the digital one is the ability to check immediately you take the photo, and ability to retake if you are not happy with it. For the analogue you don't have the choice until you develop the film when it may be too late to reverse the tie clock.


Unless you are a Pro, set the camera to EASY MODE, or P-Mode or the button with camera color (normally RED or Green). With such a setup the camera will automatically adjust the settings to get an optimized picture based on the prevailing weather conditions

6. Taking the photo

Get a friend or relative and let him read these instructions before he takes the photo. Most blurred photos are those that are taken without following this simple step. The rule of the thumb is that when taking a photo, don’t just press the Shutter all the way down. PRESS half way and hold until the Green button stops blinking, then press DOWN all through and avoiding shaking.

7. Get a Studio photo

Don't take things for granted. This is a day like no other and you must plan to have a back up just in case your photos don't come out nicely. Go to the professionals. At least visit a Studio to take some few photos and tell them to give you a soft copy

Go to a reliable studio to take some few photos just in case, and insist that they give you a soft copy of all pictures they take.

of all pictures they take. (If they want to charge you refuse and tell them that at MALKIA DIGITECH they don’t charge for that!)

8. What to do with your photos

After you have all the photographs, consider these options

  • Print them at a professional studio which has the ability to optimize the photos based on shooting conditions (just in case you made a mistake in the shooting). And on this one, if they charge you more than 10/- for a 4 by 6 photo, refuse and rush to MALKIA DIGITECH near Nation Centre where they charge at 10/= per each.

  • Ensure ALL those photos are saved in your Computer/Laptop or a flash Disk. Alternatively, have them written in a DVD for safe keeping.

  • You may consider uploading them in any of your favourite photo/document hosting sites like Picasa, Yahoo, Google, Cloud Instagram, Facebook etc. It may make sense to zip (compress) them twice to ensure the file size remains small( You can zip and re-zip as u like). Programs like WINZIP or even better WINRAR should help.

  • Post some in your social sites and remember you have control of who can view them. Check on the Settings tabs and adjust your PRIVACY settings as appropriate.

  • You can make a slide-show of all those photos and make them viewable on a TV set with background music of your choice.

9. Preserving the physical photos

Preserve the photos in a high quality album. Remember humid conditions may damage the photos. Nowadays there is scrap booking where you preserve photos by presenting and arranging personal and family history in the form of a book. .

10. Print in batches

Since you have soft copies of all the photographs (and back-ups allover as advised), and finance may be an issue for many students, just print them in batches whenever money becomes available. Take advantage of minimum number of prints as printing too few may be more expensive for you. A batch of 10 to 100 depending on your financial ability is good enough.

Take advantage of minimum number of prints as printing too few at a time may be expensive for you.

Finally, get braced to look for that job you have always wanted to do. Jet-out confidently looking for the job before others beat you in the game. Congratulations!!! Twaambiwa KU-GRADUATE SI KAZI, KAZI NI KUPATA KAZI! Welcome to the job market!

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