Academic excellence to be celebrated at Autumn Graduation ceremonies

Annette Willemse -- Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:30

Academic excellence to be celebrated at Autumn Graduation ceremonies

More than 1 300 students will graduate during the upcoming Autumn Graduation ceremonies of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).

The five-day graduation ceremony, consisting of 16 sessions, will be held at the Quest Conference Estate in Vanderbijlpark, where the success and achievement of the NWU Vaal students in the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology will be celebrated. More than 290 of these students will be awarded a postgraduate degree.

According to the Campus Rector, Prof Thanyani Mariba, a graduation ceremony is a celebration of the coming of age of the next generation of leaders; opinion formers; educators; entrepreneurs; technical experts and artists and as such the occasion is marked not only by the acknowledgement of achievement, but also the promise of future greatness. “A graduation ceremony is at the same time the beginning of an exciting new phase of your relationship with your alma mater,” says Prof Mariba and adds that upon receiving a qualification, a student’s status changes from a mere student to that of a scholar and alumnus. “Our alumni are important ambassadors and friends of the Campus,” explains Prof Mariba whilst adding that the Vaal Triangle Campus is extremely proud of its alumni network that spans not only the African continent but the world at large.

Young Alumni

All students that will be graduating during the upcoming graduation ceremonies, will become part of the Campus’s Young Alumni Movement.  As an alumni (female) or alumnus (male) of the University graduates are beckoned into the folds of the dynamic and ever growing network of graduates across the globe.

The word “alumni” – which is derived from the Latin term “alere”, means to nourish and according to the Campus’s Alumni Coordinator, Ms Alwine Naude, the meaning of the word becomes even more symbolic when one relates it to the Vaal Triangle Campus. “Just as the leafy green trees on the banks of the majestic Vaal River is anchored and nourished by their roots digging deep in the fertile soil, so our quest for knowledge and accomplishment is nurtured by the enabling environment of the Campus.” At the North-West University both graduates (who receive degrees) and diplomats (who receive diplomas) are part of the extended and celebrated alumni family.

According to Ms Naude, the core function of the NWU Vaal Alumni Office is to enable all graduates to keep in touch with the Campus and with each other whilst providing ralph lauren mens lifelong opportunities for alumni to support their alma mater, in whichever way they deem fit. As ambassadors of the Campus, alumni members play a vital role in the upkeep of the institution’s good reputation – both nationally and internationally. Members of the alumni fraternity also bears testament that a qualification from the North-West University remains a sought after commodity.

Ms Naude invites all graduates to sign-up to become part of the Campus’s alumni fraternity. “By making a conscious decision to be informed, the transition from life as a student to being a successful member of the working environment is made easy,” explains Ms Naude and adds that in exchange the University urges graduates to remember the role played by the different generations of graduates in shaping the future of the men ralph lauren shirts University – and more so, the Vaal Triangle Campus.

For more information please contact the Alumni Office on 016 910 3250 or visit their. 

Prof Thanyani Mariba Ms Alwine Naude