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2014 Spring Graduation

 2014 Spring Graduation 

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) continues to produce graduates who enrich the country and the world at large.

This Spring Graduation, UWC will confer a total of 745 graduates including 37 Doctoral Degrees, 133 Masters Degrees, 141 Honours Degrees, 281 Undergraduate Degrees, 95 Diplomas and 58 Certificates – from 17 - 19 September 2014.

After 13 years of serving UWC as Rector and Vice-Chancellor, this will be the last time that Professor Brian O’Connell will confer degrees on UWC students. This year’s overall graduation total is far and away the largest UWC has ever had, especially for post-graduates.

This graduation season will see UWC’s very first doctoral degree in Industrial Psychology being awarded to Marieta du Plessis by the Department of Industrial Psychology.

Her PhD thesis, “The Relationship between Authentic Leadership, Psychological Capital, Followership and Work Engagement”, developed and tested a model of work engagement that could lead to an improvement in employees’ work engagement, well-being, commitment and retention in the workplace.

A Posthumous Honorary Doctorate will be awarded to Imam Abdullah Haron.

Imam Abdullah Haron had a well-grounded understanding that freedom, justice and mutual respect were intrinsic parts of all human beings and, consequentially, all South Africans. A devout Muslim, his interpretation of social justice extended beyond the realms of mere prayers and faith. He explicitly understood that the humanity within a human being was a fundamental part of an interconnected values system, irrespective of culture, religion or creed.

Noting his dedication and commitment in giving purpose to these ideals, Imam Abdullah Haron joins the esteemed ranks of all those who never feared nor faltered in the quest of securing a South Africa based on peace, justice, and as a consequence, one in which people respect their humanity first, before anything else. He regarded his calling as one of being an advocate for social justice and opposing the legislated apartheid government, after enduring 133 days of torture at the hands of the South African Apartheid Security Special Branch, and detention in solitary confinement. It was a quest for which he paid the ultimate price...martyrdom.

See programme below:

Ceremony 1 -  Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Faculty of Arts, Faculty of CHS, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of EMS ( B Com Only)

Ceremony 2 - Thursday, 18 September 2014

Faculty of Law, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Science

Ceremony 3 - Friday, 19 September 2014

Faculty of EMS

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