The Central University of Technology’s Welkom campus made history at its graduation ceremony when the deputy minister of Higher Education and Training, Buti Manamela, acted as the keynote speaker.He addressed the graduates at the event held on Thursday (04/04). The ceremony celebrated the graduates of the Faculty of Management Science. A total of 845 students, including five masters and four doctoral candidates, graduated.For this autumn graduation ceremony at the Welkom campus graduated a total of. Delivering his congratulatory speech to the graduates, Manamela said he was excited to be part of the ceremony because it gives him great pleasure to see students realising their dreams and reaching their goals. “I believe in success, and achievements like these should always be recognised and celebrated,” he said.“This is a special day for our graduates, of course, but also for their parents, family and friends.“Graduation is a culmination of hard work, long hours of studying and applying yourself to your selected area of expertise. Therefore, we are here to celebrate your milestone.” Manamela told the graduates that a certificate is not simply a piece of paper.“It signifies the struggle and sacrifices you and others went through to get to this point. It is a culmination of a goal that you set for yourself in a mission to your desired career path. “It transmits your aspiration and desires to escape poverty, to create a better life for you and your family, to be a recognised professional in your chosen field and to make your mark in your community and society,” he said. “Your graduation certificate is also an entrance ticket into the labour market. It is something you have to show off, because no one can ever take your knowledge away from you.” Manamela, who is studying towards his postgraduate degree, said that approximately 83% of those who are employed have some form of qualification.Postgraduate enrolment is expected to increase by 2,5% in the coming year, from 173 000 in 2017-’18.Manamela further encouraged the graduates to continue learning new skills, challenge themselves and specialise in their chosen field of expertise.