The Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology, Bloemfontein campus, rolled out the red carpet for students at its autumn graduation ceremony on Tuesday, 24 April. Well-known motivational speaker David Mokoena was the guest speaker, and he emphasised the importance of graduates to grab opportunities with both hands and show the value of their qualifications by defining the odds, striving to be entrepreneurs.The institution’s graduates successfully completed their programmes and received their diplomas, degrees or certificates. They received qualifications in Business Studies, Human Resources, Certificate for Further Education and Training (FET), Administration, Business Administration, BCom and Information Technology.“Noteworthy is that graduates who enrolled for BCom degrees distant-learning completed their programmes in a record time of three years. This underlines their commitment towards their studies. Distance learning is a method of study whereby students do not have to attend any face-to-face classes. “Diploma graduates have affiliated or qualified to study further at universities of their choice. It is possible for them to study towards degrees and BTech qualifications at various recognised universities in South Africa,” said Oganne Pule, Bloemfontein’s campus manager.Pule said graduates who obtained FET certificates qualify to enrol for the introduction module in extended programmes affiliated to the Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta), an initiative of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS). “FET programmes are for students who obtained matric certificates and the Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology makes it possible for them once they enrolled,” said Pule.A total of 35 students received higher certificates in Information Technology, 45 diplomas, and 15 received a higher certificate in Business Administration and Administration.Of these graduates, 23 specialised in Human Resource Management.Pule said the good aspect about the graduation and the graduates themselves was that the institution has made the dreams of students from less fortunate backgrounds possible by awarding bursaries. “In 2016 there were 12 beneficiaries and in 2017 17 students received bursaries. All these recipients exceptionally completed their programmes in record time. It is a sign that they value the investment of their parents and the institution towards bettering their lives,” said Pule. Richfield is registered with the Department of Higher Education.