Commerce caps off May graduations

06 May 2017 | Story Kate-Lyn Moore. Photos Michael Hammond and Robyn Walker.
Associate Professor Jimmy Winfield received a standing ovation from the graduands before Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Daya Reddy presented him his Distinguished Teacher Award.
Associate Professor Jimmy Winfield received a standing ovation from the graduands before Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Daya Reddy presented him his Distinguished Teacher Award.

It has been a week of celebrating excellence, as over 4 300 graduates were capped in 14 ceremonies during this delayed graduation season.

Commerce was the last out of the gates, with the final three of a total of six commerce ceremonies taking place on Saturday 6 May.

Graduands enjoyed the sounds of Blackroots Marimba which accompanied the academic processions. This was followed by performances by the South African College of Music.

“Today is a day of joy and we celebrate you and your success. Our world is fragmented. There seems to be so much that is wrong: wars, epidemics, poverty, inequality and discrimination and we seem to be moving from one crisis to the next.”

So said Associate Professor Goolam Modack as he addressed the graduates during the morning ceremony.

“But it is the promise that you hold that gives us hope,” he said.

Commerce caps off May graduations
Associate Professor Ryan Kruger was awarded a Distinguished Teacher Award in the final ceremony of the day. “What distinguishes him is his passion for teaching, excellent ability to transfer knowledge and skills to his learners, and a dedication to his lectures,” said Professor Murray Leibbrandt.

The day was also an acknowledgement of teaching excellence with three recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA) being honoured.

Associate Professor Jimmy Winfield of the College of Accounting received a standing ovation from 250 graduands during the morning session as he received his award.

Two more DTAs were presented during the final ceremony of the season, which saw an additional 379 graduates capped.

Commerce caps off May graduations
Dr Miguel Lacerda was nominated for a Distinguished Teacher Award by a phenomenal 94.5% of his students.

Associate Professor Ryan Kruger of the Department of Finance and Tax and Dr Miguel Lacerda of the Department of Statistical Sciences both received this, the highest accolade awarded to teaching staff within the university.

The DTA was presented to a total of six exceptional teachers during course of the week. Dr Janice McMillan, from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, Dr Jonathan Shock, of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, and Dr David Erwin, also of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, received this honour as well.


See pictures from social media:

Watch the recorded ceremonies:

Faculty of Commerce: BCom (excl. BCom Act Sci): surnames A - Mo, 6 May at 09:00

Faculty of Commerce: BCom (excl. BCom Act Sci): surnames Mp - Z, 6 May at 12:30

Faculty of Commerce: BBusSc, BCom Act Sci, all master's and doctoral qualifiers (excl. GSB), 6 May at 15:30


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