The scene spoke anticipation, the unopened champagne bottles hinting at victory.
Having eased the corks to within a whiff of celebration, UCT's final-year medical students waited for the results lists to be thrown from the balcony of the Barnard Fuller Building.
When they did, the students jostled and jumped; shrieking, shouting, dodging fountains of champagne that had erupted like fireworks, drenching parents, siblings and bon vivants who had come to witness the special day.
Fifteen MBChB students achieved first-class honours, about 9% of the class. The top student was Kirstin Coetzee, who walked off with the Barnard Fuller Prize.
In addition, three BSc Physiotherapy students will graduate with distinctions (also 9% of the class), as will two BSc Occupational Therapy students (7% of the class), and two BSc Speech-Language Pathology (10% of the class).
There was a 100% pass rate for BSc Speech-Language Pathology and BSc Audiology, both courses offered by the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the School of Health and rehabilitation Sciences.
There was another reason to celebrate; besides toiling over their books, the students managed to raise
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