The University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) first in-person graduation since 2019 is off to a good start. More than 4000 students are set to graduate at 10 ceremonies this week, including UWC Rugby Captain Lyle Hendricks, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree on Monday morning. After the ceremony, he headed across campus to meet up with his teammates ahead of a make-or-break FNB Varsity Cup clash against the Central University of Technology (CUT).
Also in attendance at the first ceremony was Higher Education Deputy Minister Buti Manamela and his mother Nica Manamela. His daughter Surprice Mashadi Hafane also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
“It’s been a tough few years, and I am very appreciative of the many sacrifices they and their loved ones have made to ensure they are here today. I want to acknowledge the parents, guardians and loved ones of our students. I salute your dedication and support to your charges. During normal times that support was invaluable. However, given the consequences of this pandemic and the impact on learning, your support and love carried them to this moment. You share in their achievements.”