Dr Howard Waldron of UCT's Department of Oceanography has made hooding a family member something of a tradition in recent years.
In 2009 he hooded son Jake when the latter graduated with a BA in film and media studies. Dad did the honours again last year when daughter Elizabeth received her BSc.
And Waldron will continue the tradition at this December graduation when the selfsame Elizabeth is presented with her BSc (Hons) in molecular and cell biology.
"It is a great feeling to be hooding the second of my two children," Waldron commented. "It marks the end of something, and new beginnings as our children enter adulthood and the 'real world'."
In fact, UCT has become a home for the Waldron family, as Waldron's wife, Miranda, is a technical officer in the Electron Microscope Unit.
"We both love working at the university," says Waldron. "It has always been an institution that can hold its head high in a country where the political landscape has been and still is geologically tectonic."
Which we think is geo-speak for 'unsettled'!
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