More than 4000 students across four faculties graduated with undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at UNIZULU last month. The three-day Graduation Ceremony held at KwaDlangezwa Campus’s King Bhekuzulu Hall from 16-18May celebrated the achievement of Arts; Education; Science and Agriculture; Commerce, Administration and Law students.
UNIZULU alumnus and South Africa’s first lady of song, Sibongile Khumalo received an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Arts in recognition of her exceptional contribution in the field of music. In accepting the honour, Khumalo paid tribute to her father Khabi Vivian Mngoma for his passion for music and endless inspiration. Mngoma was a Professor of Music, musician and founder of UNIZULU’s Music Department.
Khumalo said: “African music and many of our cultural practices and traditions have claimed their place in our social and cultural milieu. However, we have yet to see the reduction of western and American forms of music in our education system, so that African music can take its rightful place…..It is my hope that UNIZULU will continue Khabi Mngoma’s legacy, and elevate scholarship in African musicology. I salute him, and all the great Africans that have shown us and continue to demonstrate that intellectualism is an important ingredient in the advancement of progress for this continent. That scholarship is an intrinsic element in shaping and retaining one’s identity in a continually globalising world. I wish to reiterate my gratitude to you, my alma mater, for this honour. With this honorary doctorate, you have affirmed my place in a collective that remains at the coalface of our cultural and spiritual emancipation.”
The ceremony was also attended by UNIZULU Chancellor and Minister of Correctional Services, Sibusiso Ndebele; KZN Head of Department of Education, Dr Nkosinathi Sishi; Zungu Investments Executive Chairman, Sandile Zungu; KZN Legislature’s Chairperson of the Education Portfolio Committee, Linda Hlongwa, members of the private, corporate and government sector.