Some 4 500 graduands from all six faculties were capped at 14 ceremonies during a bumper six-day graduation in Jameson Hall from 1 to 6 May. This completed the 2016 graduation season, delayed after protracted student-led disruptions.
Last year’s ongoing student protests saw the traditional year-end December graduation season pared down to focus on postgraduate qualifiers. Nonetheless, an additional 28 doctoral degrees were awarded in this late round of graduation, specifically scheduled for students who could not graduate or who graduated in absentia last December.
Commenting ahead of the ceremonies, Registrar Royston Pillay said, “We congratulate our students for reaching such an important milestone in their university careers. We are especially proud of our students who are graduating with postgraduate degrees. The findings of their theses will help improve the lives of many in our communities.”
Special awards and guests
The graduation week included several special awards and guests:
Among the many inspiring graduands was the health sciences faculty’s Dr Matthew Amoni. Amoni was greeted by a standing ovation when he stepped onto the platform at the morning ceremony on 5 May. He scored a ‘two-in-one’, graduating MBChB and with a Master of Medicine in Physiology, both with distinctions, combining his twin passions: science and medicine. What is remarkable about Amoni’s academic journey is that he completed the master’s degree in tandem with the last years of his MBChB.
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