Celebrating African excellence at UCT Graduation April 2019

25 April 2019 | Video Evan Zerf. Photo Je’nine May

UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng encouraged graduates to become trailblazers in their fields when she addressed them at each of the 14 graduation ceremonies held during April.

More than 5 000 graduates celebrated the successful completion of their degrees at the ceremonies attended by approximately 14 000 friends and family members.

 


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Graduation April 2019


The University of Cape Town honoured over 5 000 students during 14 graduation ceremonies that took place from Wednesday, 10 April until Thursday, 18 April 2019. During the 14 ceremonies – attended by about 14 000 people – 70 doctoral degrees and 383 master’s degrees were conferred. An honorary doctorate in engineering was be awarded to Professor David Roger Jones Owen on Saturday, 13 April 2019. Among the speakers at the various ceremonies were Judy Sikuza, deputy executive director of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation; Nkazi Sokhulu, co-founder and CEO of Yalu Financial Services; Sam Paddock, co-founder of GetSmarter and GetWine; UCT engineering alumnus Mavo Solomon; and Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.


 

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Fourth UCT degree for EMS director Medeé Rall, director of the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies at UCT, collects her fourth degree from the institution today – her PhD in education. 12 Apr 2019
‘Don’t allow your circumstances to define you’ Psychology graduand Minkateko Ndlovu (21) says she has emerged successful from three “tough” years at university because she decided not to allow her challenges to define her. 10 Apr 2019
‘I am somebody because of UCT’ With help from colleagues and classmates, graduand Mteteleli Jobela has beaten the odds and will be capped in the Sarah Baartman Hall tomorrow. 10 Apr 2019
Graduation part of queer activist’s mission Nigel Patel’s graduation is a stepping stone on the way to fulfilling their life’s mission to effect the decriminalisation of queerness. 09 Apr 2019
Master’s oceanography thesis ‘all at sea’ The inhospitable Southern Ocean is not a place from which any master’s graduand – not even an oceanographer – would choose to relay final changes to their thesis. 09 Apr 2019
‘This is my mother’s graduation’ While it’s his name on the degree, Ntebogang Segone says his 17 April graduation belongs to his mother. 08 Apr 2019
Women top UCT’s civil engineering honours class UCT women are making significant strides in civil engineering, where they account for six of the department’s 11 first-class honours students graduating this month. 08 Apr 2019
Making his ‘first lady’s’ dream come true When Sanele Mangena graduates with his BCom in economics and finance from UCT, he will make his mother’s dream come true. 05 Apr 2019
New script for shark survivor and drama graduand When a great white shark attacked Caleb Swanepoel in June 2015, he thought he would die. But a new script was being written for the April graduand. 05 Apr 2019
SA’s first deaf law graduate Qobo Ningiza refused to be put off by multiple rejections, and next week he will become South Africa’s first deaf law graduate. 04 Apr 2019
‘Imposter’ graduates with full suite of distinctions Severely burnt in a gas explosion 15 years ago, 24-year-old Aniek Nieuwenhuis has found new meaning in her life, defying the odds stacked against her. 04 Apr 2019
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