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Ruto updates Twitter handle to reflect his newly attained academic status – PHOTOS


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.

PHOTO | COURTESY
PHOTO | COURTESY

“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.

Deputy President Dr William Ruto (kneeling) is conferred with a PhD at the University of Nairobi during the institution's 60th graduation ceremony. Looking on is President Uhuru Kenyatta and Dr Ruto's wife Rachel. PHOTO | DPPS
Deputy President Dr William Ruto (kneeling) is conferred with a PhD at the University of Nairobi during the institution’s 60th graduation ceremony. Looking on is President Uhuru Kenyatta and Dr Ruto’s wife Rachel. PHOTO | DPPS

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.

President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates his deputy Dr William Ruto after he was conferred with at PhD at University of Nairobi. PHOTO | DPPS
President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates his deputy Dr William Ruto after he was conferred with at PhD at University of Nairobi. PHOTO | DPPS

The University of Nairobi also paid glowing tribute to Dr Ruto for his great academic achievement.

Dr Ruto was also accompanied by his wife Rachel with whom they are also celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary.

Deputy President Dr William Ruto is congratulated by his wife Rachel Ruto after he graduated with PhD at the University of Nairobi. PHOTO | DPPS
Deputy President Dr William Ruto is congratulated by his wife Rachel Ruto after he graduated with PhD at the University of Nairobi. PHOTO | DPPS

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.