Over 11?000 to graduate in KZN

2011-04-12 00:00

MORE than 11 000 students will graduate with degrees and diplomas across the province this month.

More than seven thousand will be getting their degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal this month.

Nineteen graduation ceremonies are planned for the next few weeks as students finally reap the rewards of their years of studying.

More than 7 471 graduates will be getting under- graduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of KwaZulu Natal at the two campuses of Westville and Pietermaritzburg.

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) will be issuing diplomas to more than 4 500 students across six faculties at ceremonies which will be held from April 18 to 21 at the Steve Biko Campus on Durban and April 14 at the Indumiso, Midlands, Campus.

Sixty-one percent of the graduates at UKZN this year are women. The graduation ceremonies kicked off with the faculty of science and agriculture, as well as the faculty of engineering.

The faculty of education, along with the faculty of humanities, development and social science will grant the most degrees, conferring 1 641 and 1 898 respectively.

While the faculties of law and medicine will have the fewest graduates with 283 and 401 respectively. A total of 155 doctoral degrees will be received at UKZN this year, while those who will graduate cum laude and summa cum laude will be 321.

Meanwhile, the biggest crop of graduates for DUT will be in the management science faculty. More than one thousand will receive diplomas , while the faculty of applied sciences will have the fewest graduates, with 273, including a doctor of technology, receiving their diplomas.

DUT will this year recognise the role of mechanical engineer Gordon Murray, philanthropist and humanitarian Malukmahomed Luppa Sultan and political activist sHarold Strachan and the late Stephen Bantu Biko as graduation figures.

The late musician, Busi Mhlongo, will be posthumously recognised with an honorary doctorate.

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