Graduation hailed a success

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Pictured after the first session of graduation are (L-R) Faculty of Arts Acting Dean Professor JD Thwala, Professor Anthony Pillay, UNIZULU Council Chair Mr Cyril Gamede, Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Xoliswa Mtose and Convocation President Mr Bongumusa Makhathini.  Professor Pillay of the Department of Behavioural Medicine Department at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine was the guest speaker at the session. He is also a Principal Clinical Psychologist at Fort Napier Hospital.

Pictured after the first session of graduation are (L-R) Faculty of Arts Acting Dean Professor JD Thwala, Professor Anthony Pillay, UNIZULU Council Chair Mr Cyril Gamede, Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Xoliswa Mtose and Convocation President Mr Bongumusa Makhathini. Professor Pillay of the Department of Behavioural Medicine Department at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine was the guest speaker at the session. He is also a Principal Clinical Psychologist at Fort Napier Hospital.

THE University of Zululand’s (UNIZULU) 2015 graduation has been hailed a success by Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Xoliswa Mtose.

Speaking after the week-long ceremony, Prof Mtose thanked all the distinguished guests, parents, staff and most importantly the graduates.

The Deans who officiated in the various graduation sessions displayed high levels of professionalism.

She thanked all staff and students who made the event a success.

One of the guest speakers, UMfolozi Municipal Manager Khulumokwakhe Gamede encouraged students to keep studying further. “Please remember that a milestone does not mean the end of the road, but rather it signifies the end of one stretch and the beginning of another,” said Gamede.

Another speaker Mike Khuboni, who spoke on behalf of Vaal University of Technology’s Prof Gordon Zide said to students:

“I salute you for having concentrated in your studies and for having realized that the key to success is education and therefore academic development for the promotion of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment. In this way, you will be able to unlock the many barriers and stumbling blocks that the apartheid regime deliberately and systematically put in the Blackman’s path towards self-development and realization”.

Khuboni added that through education, stumbling blocks of the past have now been transformed into stepping stones of a brighter future.

UNIZULU conferred and awarded qualifications to approximately 3500 candidates at the five-day graduation ceremony held from 11 to 15 May 2015.  The candidates graduated in the four faculties as follows: Arts (close to 1000); Commerce, Administration & Law (just over 600); Education (about 1500) and Science and Agriculture (just over 400).

The ceremony was filled with moments of joy, happiness and celebration by graduates.  It was a special occasion to remember for the audience.

VIP guests included key public figures like KZN First Lady and uThungulu Mayor, Councillor Thembeka Mchunu; UGU District Mayor, Councillor NH Gumede; Eastern Cape MEC for Public Works, Hon. Thandiswa Marawu; Chief SK Ngwane of Mnqobokazi Traditional Authority and many others.

UNIZULU received and hosted 9 guest speakers that motivated and inspired students.  They were Prof Anthony Pillay, Prof Dennis Francis Dr Nomsa Dlamini, Dr Makhapa Makhafola, Dr SZ Mbokazi, Judge Chiman Patel, Mr KE Gamede, Mr Mike Khuboni spoke on behalf of Prof Gordon Zide and Mr Phakamani Hadebe.

MACK MAKHATHINI