Graduation ceremonies accessible for all students
The North-West University has, for the past few years already, put in an effort to make its graduation ceremonies as accessible as possible for its students. It is, for a variety of reasons, not always possible for every student to be able to attend their graduation ceremony in Potchefstroom at the end of their academic career. These reasons vary from socio-economic factors to the long distances that have to be travelled between certain students’ home towns and the University’s main campus.
It is for these reasons that the University has been having outside ceremonies since 2008 in, amongst others, Polokwane, Nelspruit, Durban, East London and Cape Town. There are also similar events for Namibian students in Windhoek. These outside ceremonies take place at least twice a year, and in the case of Cape students, it takes place annually in Cape Town and George alternately. In 2012 nearly 1500 students obtained their tertiary academic qualifications in this manner, which they celebrated with their families, and this year is no exception.
The overarching message that the North-West University wants to convey with this type of event is that each and every student is important. To obtain a university qualification is a proud moment and it is for this reason that graduation ceremonies must be placed within reach of every student.
Have a look at a recent graduation ceremony of the NWU Potchefstroom Campus that took place in Polokwane on 15 July 2013 by clicking on the image on the right side of the screen.