Mhlangabezi Mdutyana is a University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD graduate. He’s the son of a domestic worker and a security guard and he grew up on the dusty roads of Polar Park in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.
His goal is to inspire young and upcoming black scientists and to contribute to nurturing and producing the next generation of exceptional black researchers “who look like me and who come from the communities I come from”.
Mhlanga truly is an inspirational graduate.
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We understand the disappointment that our students and their families feel about the impact that the global pandemic has had on the normal operations for graduation ceremonies. Please know that the decision to host virtual graduation events was not taken lightly. We congratulate the December 2021 graduands on their academic success during exceptionally challenging times.
The December 2021 cohort graduated during the virtual celebratory events as per the published schedule available on the graduation page on the UCT Students website, where you will find full information about graduation.
You can also follow the celebrations on UCT’s Twitter page by using the #UCTGrad2021 hashtag.
The names of all of the December 2021 graduands (before the ceremony) and graduates (after the ceremony) can be found in the ceremony programme PDFs. Congratulations to all of you!
The UCT News team has profiled a cross-section of inspirational graduands whose stories have inspired us. To all those we haven’t been able to feature, we’d like to say: each one of you is an inspiration – to your university, your families and your communities. We wish you every success in the future.
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