NWU Vaal graduates in Education shine bright during Autumn Graduation Ceremony

Annette Willemse -- Tue, 04/19/2016 - 18:15

NWU Vaal graduates in Education shine bright during Autumn Graduation Ceremony

More than 400 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 1 400 students will graduate during the four-day graduation ceremony, consisting of nine 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 Bachelor of Education taking to the stage, followed (in two other sessions) by the recipients of the Honours Bachelor of Education (Hons BEd) degree and the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

In her address the Campus Rector (acting), Prof Linda du Plessis gave credit to each family represented at the ceremony. “The foundation of respect, humility and integrity you laid have paid dividends.  During the recent turmoil within the higher education sector – which saw many university campuses shut down, our Campus was able to continue with the task at hand, namely to prepare our students for the world of work. When other campuses experienced wave after wave of violent disruptions, our students actively engaged in constructive discussions and came together to ensure not only stability but also vest a culture in which challenges are faced head-on and in unison.”

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. “Education will empower you, as it did earlier generations, to meet the tests of your own time. All of us have a responsibility, as South Africans, to steer change in a constructive and adaptable manner and to offer every child in this country an education that will make them competitive in our 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.”