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March 2015 Graduation

UWC to celebrate latest crop of graduates

Every year UWC continues to increase the number of graduates produced who have the potential and knowledge to make positive changes in our communities.

UWC is proud of the steady increase year after year in the number of graduates it produces. This March, Vice-Chancellor Professor Tyrone Pretorius will confer a total of approximately 3,540 graduates, a 7% increase from last year's 3,311.

The EMS faculty has the largest number of graduates, totalling 871, including 33 Masters degrees and 8 PhD degrees. The Science faculty has the second highest number of graduates, totalling 624, which includes an impressive 71 Masters degrees and 28 PhD degrees. CHS faculty has 578 graduates; Arts faculty has 563 graduates; Education has 505 graduates; Law has 246 graduates, and Dentistry has a total of 153 graduates.

“This is indeed a very special occasion, not only because this is the first year I will be presiding over graduation ceremonies or that we are celebrating UWC’s 55th anniversary, but because I am proud of the calibre of graduates UWC has produced. Being a socially responsible university, I have no doubt in my mind that this latest crop of graduates will go on to do amazing work for the betterment of not only South Africa, but the world at large,” says Prof Pretorius.

While graduation is a celebratory affair and a testament to years of hard work and perseverance for every graduate and their loved ones, there are a few highlights at this year's event, including:

- Former female Springbok Rugby player, Nosipho Poswa, is graduating with a BEd degree. Nosipho, like many of our other students, is a first generation graduate who has already started to put her qualification to use, uplifting her community by being a teacher at a school in Langa.

- An Honorary Doctorate will be awarded to Dr Ashraf Jedaar who has been recognised for the extraordinary volume of social capital he has generated for the benefit of those who are amongst the most destitute. Dr Jedaar has been recognised for his role as an intellectual, an academic, a community worker, and a highly qualified international multi-disciplinary psychiatric specialist with a wide range of experiences in the public sector, the civil society arena, and within the private sector. Despite his limited mobility due to his paraplegic disability, he has done phenomenal work in the community.

- The Science Learning Centre for Africa, run by Professor Shaheed Hartley at UWC, has been training Maths and Science teachers in the Eastern Cape. This year more than 30 teachers will graduate with honours.

- Another rising star is Mr Eric van der Byl (44 years old) who is graduating with a BEd degree. He has shown true spirit and determination in pursuing his goals, going as far as walking 17km daily to get to campus. He, too, is already putting his qualification to use and is employed as a teacher at a school in Wynberg.

Please click here on the link below for the full graduation programme

Date: 9 to 19 March 2015

Venue: UWC Main Hall, Robert Sobukwe Road, Bellville Campus

Time: 18h30 for 19h00