Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who is also the university's chancellor, conferred degrees to a total of 1679 graduates from the faculties of Arts, Education, Commerce & Law, and Science & technology.
“We have a student body of over 18,700 so when we graduate 1679 to us the numbers are fairly low because we are used to graduating over 2,500 students at a time,” Dr. Primrose Kurasha, the university's vice chancellor told Press TV.
She added that the registration rate at the university has gone down due to the economic issues that people face in the African country.
Relatives and children of the graduates have expressed their motivation from the program and the younger graduates said they were also inspired by being beside people who are of the same age as their parents or even older.
Zimbabwe Open University, which is the only distance education university in the country, was established in 1999.