Top speakers for UFS graduation

2016-04-13 06:00

THE first graduations for the year at the University of the Free State (UFS) are in full swing. The graduates began to walk down the red carpet on Tuesday (12/04) to mark the start of the four-day graduation ceremony.

This graduation will see a total of 3 681 qualifications conferred at the ceremony which ends on Friday (15/04). Graduates are from all seven faculties, the Business School and the School of Open Learning.

Amongst the graduates is Sejakhumo Makhetha, who will be receiving her BA Governance and Political Transformation degree. She is currently busy with her postgraduate qualification in Political Science. Makhetha is the daughter of Dr Choice Makhetha, the UFS vice-rector: Student Affairs and External Relations.

Lacea Loader, UFS director: Communication and Brand Management, said graduation symbolises the UFS’s prerogative to transform lives by producing leaders of tomorrow.

The management has lined up high-profile personalities as guest speakers.

The speakers are Dr Muavia Gallie, Dr Molapo Qhobela, Dr Sello Hatang, Dawie Roodt and Nikiwe Bikitsha.

Tuesday’s proceedings saw Gallie, a school and district turnaround strategist and education activist, and Hatang, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, address graduates of the Faculties of Education, Health Sciences, Law and Theology.

Hatang serves as the head of Information Communications and spokesperson for the South African Human Rights Commission, as well as Director: South African History Archive, at the University of the Witwaters­rand. Gallie has been identified as one of 2015’s ten most impressive public leaders.

Wednesday’s (13/04) proceedings will see Qhobela, chief executive officer of the National Research Foundation of South Africa, address the graduates from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. He has served in various influential positions in higher learning that included vice-principal: Institutional Development at the University of South Africa and deputy director-general in the Department of Science and Technology.

Dawie Roodt, founder, director and chief economist of the Efficient Group, will speak at the Faculty of Economic and Management Science ceremony.

Bikitsha will tell about her 20-year career in radio, television and journalism to address graduates of the Faculty of Humanities.

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