“Higher Education ushers in a new way of being” – Prof Thanyani Mariba

Annette Willemse -- Wed, 05/06/2015 - 19:25

“Higher Education ushers in a new way of being” – Prof Thanyani Mariba

A total of 297 graduates took to the stage on the third day of the five-day graduation ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal). The graduates represented both the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology.

More than 1 300 students will graduate during the Autumn Graduation Ceremony, consisting of 16 sessions. All the sessions will be hosted by the Quest Conference Estate in Vanderbijlpark.   

In his address the Campus Rector, Prof Thanyani Mariba, said that higher education ushers in a new way of being for students who successfully complete their degree studies. “The realisation of the importance of lifelong learning and continued skills attainment will aid you in creatively and strategically reinventing yourself, as immiscible members of the elite group of the graduate population of Southern Africa.” Professor Mariba furthermore stated that it is within this realm, that the true value of education comes to the fore since education – and especially tertiary education, opens the mind to new worlds that have yet to be, worlds in which graduates play meaningful and dynamic roles. 

The graduates were called to the stage by the respective Executive Deans: Prof Tinie Theron (Faculty of Humanities) and Prof Herman van der Merwe (Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology)

Prof Thanyani Mariba Prof Tinie Theron Prof Herman van der Merwe

First session   

The first session of the third day of the graduation ceremony (6 May 2015) saw graduates receiving either the Diploma in Sport Science or a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree. A total of 35 students received a Diploma in Sport Science, whilst 61 received a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree. The graduate of the hour was Queen Funeka Mngwevu, who received the Award for Excellent Academic Achievement as the best performing BCom graduate within the Faculty of Humanities. Queen received a BCom Human Resource Management degree.

Queen completed her school career at the Volkskool High School in Heidelberg and obtained two distinctions during the National Senior Certificate Examinations. She enrolled for a BCom degree in Human Resource Management within the Faculty of Humanities in 2012. During her second year of study, she was awarded as the Top Second Year Student within the BCom degree course and boasted with an impressive average of 86%.  She completed her degree in the prescribed minimum time and obtained distinctions in 27 of the 39 modules. Over the course of her studies she maintained an average of 85%. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and is currently enrolled for an Honours degree in Human Resource Management. Whilst studying she was a member of the on-Campus residence, Thuthuka. 

Queen Funeka Mngwevu together with the Campus Rector, Prof Thanyani Mariba

Second session

The second session of the day saw the continuation of the conferral of BCom degrees. During this session a total of 96 students graced the stage. As was the case in the previous session, homage was paid to the best performing BCom student within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology. The spoils went to Jacobus Johannes De Jongh who received his BCom degree in Economics and International Trade.

The entire graduating class were on their feet as they celebrated with Jacobus, who completed his school career at the Technical High School in Vereeniging in 2009 - with four distinctions to boot during the National Senior Certificate Examination.  In 2012 he enrolled for a BCom degree in Economics and International Trade and received top honours as the best student for three consecutive years – 2012, 2013 and 2014. Over the duration of his three years of study, he maintained an average of 86.3%. This achievement gave way to Jacobus receiving the South African Economic Research Award for Top Achievers in 2014. He obtained distinctions for all 39 prescribed modules and has been a member of the Golden Key International Honour Association since his second year of study.  He is currently enrolled for an Honours degree in Economics and International Trade.

Jacobus Johannes De Jongh together with the Campus Rector, Prof Thanyani Mariba

Third session

The final session of the day belonged to 84 postgraduate students and saw 58 Honours of Arts (Hons BA) degrees, 21 Honours Bachelor of Arts (Development and Management) degrees, 4 Master of Arts (MA) degrees and 2 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees conferred.

This session was attended by Prof Martin Oosthuizen – Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, and Prof Frikkie van Niekerk – Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Technology.

Prof Martin Oosthuizen Prof Frikkie van Niekerk

The following graduates obtained their Master of Arts (MA) degree:

  • Nontsikelelo Muhle Maseko ( Industrial Psychology)
  • Carolina Monika Piotrowska (English)
  • Lorette Theron (Industrial Psychology)
  • Senzekile Nompumelelo Desiree Zikalala (Industrial Psychology)

The following graduates obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree:

  • Dr Seleme Revelation Melato (Psychology)
  • Dr Kelebogile Relevation Felicity Mokgele (Industrial Psychology)
Dr Seleme Revelation Melato with ther Promotor,
Prof Chrizanne van Eeden
Dr Kelebogile Revelation Felicity with her Promotor,
Prof Ian Rothmann