Graduates on a journey towards infinite transformation – NWU Vaal Autumn Graduation Ceremony

Annette Willemse -- Thu, 05/07/2015 - 18:34

Graduates on a journey towards infinite transformation – NWU Vaal Autumn Graduation Ceremony

More than 260 graduates took to the stage on the fourth day of the five-day graduation ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal). The day belonged to graduates within the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree programme.

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

In his address the Campus Rector, Prof Thanyani Mariba, alluded to the fact that the graduates – as members of the Millennium Generation, form part of the fastest growing sector of today’s workplace and therefore they will contribute immensely to the critical thinking; the innovative spirit; and the dynamism of transformation. “As graduates you have the opportunity to rethink the future and envision a reality in which poverty, social ails, unemployment and injustice are non-existent,” said Prof Mariba and added that graduates should take up the torch and become thought leaders of note, and champions of impact and hope. “I want to challenge you to exceed the expectations of success and to be graduates of significance – not only in South Africa, but the world.”

The first session of the day saw a total of 66 graduates receiving a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree in Accounting Sciences. The Executive Dean of the Faculty, Prof Herman van der Merwe, announced each graduate whilst the Campus Rector conferred the degrees. The second session of the day saw 82 graduates receiving a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in several fields of specialization, including: Marketing Management, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Law.

The final session of the day belonged to 114 postgraduate students upon whom the degree Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Hons BCom) were conferred.  Graduates represented both the Faculty of Humanities (Labour Relations, Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management) and the Faculty of Economic Science and Information Technology (Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Financial Accountancy, Risk Management and Economics).