NWU Vaal graduates in Education shine bright during Autumn Graduation Ceremony
More than 300 graduates from the School of Educational Sciences within the Faculty of Humanities on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) received their degrees during the first day of the campus’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony.
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.
The first session of the graduation ceremony saw the recipients of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) taking to the stage, followed (in two other sessions) by the recipients of the Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree. The final session of the day belonged to the recipients of postgraduate degrees in Educational Science – that is the Honours Bachelor of Education (Hons BEd), Master of Education (Med), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.
A total of 91 graduates received the PGCE qualification, whilst 173 graduates received the BEd degree. With regards to the postgraduate degrees, a total of 48 degrees were conferred. The highlight of the day was the awarding of three PhD degrees. The PhD degrees were awarded to: Dr Elize Küng, Dr Marius Pienaar and Dr Angelique van Rensburg.
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.
The Campus Rector furthermore challenged the graduates to exceed the expectations of success and to be graduates of significance – not only to South Africa, but the world. “Become a champion of impact and hope, and use your qualification as an instrument of change and innovation.”