Graduates to kindle the flame of courage for a better South Africa

Annette Willemse -- Thu, 04/21/2016 - 19:02

Graduates to kindle the flame of courage for a better South Africa

“As members of the Millennium Generation you form part of the fastest growing sector of today’s workplace and therefore you are destined to contribute immensely to the critical thinking, the innovative spirit and, the dynamic nature of change management within the world of work. In short: architects of transformation, sustainable development and robust discourse.”

This statement by Prof Linda du Plessis, campus rector (acting), of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), laid the foundation of the third day of the Campus’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony which took place at the Quest Conference Estate in Vanderbijlpark. In excess of 470 graduates from the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology took to the stage over the course of three sessions. The following diplomas and degrees were conferred: Diploma in Sport Science, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Message from the campus rector

In her address to the graduates Prof Du Plessis said that education will empower them, as it did earlier generations to meet the tests of their time. She furthermore reminded them that as South African graduates they have a great responsibility to steer change in a constructive and adaptable manner and to offer every child in this country an education that will make them competitive within a developing knowledge economy. “But all of you have a separate responsibility, as well. To be role models for your brothers and sisters, to be mentors in your communities and when the time comes, to pass that sense of an education’s value down to your children, to pass down that sense of personal responsibility and self-respect, to pass down the work ethic that made it possible for you to be here today. Don’t ever shrink away from this duty.”

I want to challenge you to exceed the expectations of success and to be graduates of significance. Become a champion of impact and hope. Use the qualification you receive today as an instrument of change and innovation. Take up the torch and become a thought leader for a better future.”