Two bites of cherry for Smit

12 December 2012

Hooding a family member is, by all accounts, a warm, fuzzy kind of thing to do.

Renee Smit will have a second bite of the cherry when her son Gareth graduates with a BSocSc at the graduation ceremony on 14 December.

Smit, the academic development lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, had the privilege of hooding her daughter Nikki, who finished her BSc in occupational therapy two years ago.

"As a family, we are excited and very proud of Gareth," Smit noted. "We are just sorry that Nikki is not here to share the day with us: she is working as an occupational therapist in Singapore."

Gareth will continue with his studies at UCT next year, doing an honours degree in philosophy. That probably means that Smit will have more hooding duties in the near future.

"We really enjoy UCT's tradition of allowing staff members to be involved with family members' graduations."

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