Bachelor of Arts graduates take to the stage during NWU Vaal’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony

Annette Willemse -- Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:32

Bachelor of Arts graduates take to the stage during NWU Vaal’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony

A total of 320 graduates from the Faculty of Humanities on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently received their degrees during the second day of the Campus’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony.

The degree Bachelor of Arts (BA) was conferred upon all the graduates representing various academic schools within the Faculty of Humanities. The latter include: School of Languages, School of Basic Sciences and the School of Behavioural Sciences. More than 1 300 students will graduate during the five-day graduation ceremony, consisting of 16 sessions. All the sessions will be hosted by the Quest Conference Estate in Vanderbijlpark.

Prof Thanyani Mariba Prof Dan Kgwadi Prof Marlene Verhoef

The first session on the second day of the graduation ceremony (5 May 2015) was attended by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dan Kgwadi. In his address to the audience, he encouraged the graduandi to be role models for the next generation. “You have to remember that it took you twelve years of schooling plus an additional three to four years of higher education to be where you are at the moment,” said Prof Kgwadi and furthermore explains that it will take the next generation just as long to be on par with the graduate class of 2015. “You have to take your place as role models not only of success but also of significance, and by doing so proactively bring about change.” The “change” the Vice-Chancellor referred to include areas such as socio-economic reform, transformation and the vesting of an African knowledge economy.

The Institutional Registrar, Prof Marlene Verhoef, also attended two of the four sessions of the day.

During the day, two students – Marqia van der Walt and Emma Boonzaaier, were honoured for their academic achievements and both received the prestigious Award for Excellent Academic Achievement. Twin sisters – Vuyelwa Pompi and Vuyiswa Pompi also enjoyed the limelight as the both received their BA degrees in Development and Management.

Marqia van der Walt Emma Boonzaaier Vuyiswa and Vuyelwa Pompi

Academic excellence honoured

Marqia van der Walt – a student from the School of Languages, was praised for her academic achievement within the field of Language and Literature Studies. Marqia hails from Alberton in Gauteng, and completed her school career in 2010 at High School Dr Malan in Meyerton. She obtained five distinctions in the National Senior Certificate Examinations.

After initially registering for a BA degree in Political Studies, Marqia soon realised that her true passion lies in languages and in 2012 she made the switch. She made an impact from the word go and in her first year she was applauded as the Best Performing First Year Student in the School of Languages.  At that time she boasted with an academic average of 84%. In 2013 and 2014 she was employed as a Writing Laboratory Consultant and assisted students with regard to academic writing and technique.  She completed her degree in the prescribed minimum period of time (3 years) and obtained distinctions in 24 of her modules whilst maintaining an average of 84%. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Association for top academic achievers and is currently employed as an English teacher at President High School.

Emma Boonzaaier - a student from the School of Behavioural Sciences and more specific the subject field of Social Work, was also applauded for her continued academic distinction throughout her studies. Born and bred in Sasolburg in the Free State, Emma completed her school career at Sasolburg High School and obtained a distinction during the National Senior Certificate Examinations in 2010. She enrolled for the 4 year degree in Social Work (B SW) in 2011 and maintained an average of 75% throughout her studies. She received distinctions in 31 of the 43 prescribed modules.  Emma is currently registered at the South African Council for Social Service Professions. She is also a proud member of the Golden Key International Honour Association for top academic achievers.