Graduates ‘beacons of hope’

2018-09-26 06:01
Eugene Ntsieng, Motheo TVET College chief financial officer, presents blind graduate Nosivewe Malaku her qualification (diploma) in Marketing Management.

Eugene Ntsieng, Motheo TVET College chief financial officer, presents blind graduate Nosivewe Malaku her qualification (diploma) in Marketing Management.

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The Motheo Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College held its annual graduation ceremony to mark two important events in the life of more than 500 graduates.

It was a celebration of the fulfilment of the students’ goals and marked the beginning of a new future.

Held on 14 September at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) south campus in Bloemfontein, the graduation saw graduates receive certificates and diplomas.

In attendance were stakeholders of selective learning institutions, such as the University of South Africa (Unisa), skills development providers, the Department of Social Development, the Sector Education and Training Authority and companies offering internships to graduates to acquire much-needed work experience.

Dipiloane Phutsisi, Motheo TVET College principal, not only praised the students for rising above their circumstances, but also encouraged them to prove their academic ability.

“The college takes time and effort to give students quality education and the opportunity to enjoy their day in the presence of friends, peers and family,” said Phutsisi.

“It is not merely a certificate that you have acquired that will be important for your future, it is also your character and behaviour that you have developed that will enable you to secure opportunities in the future.”

Prof. Sello Mokoena of education leadership and management at Unisa, told the audience and students about the numerous challenges that one must face and strive to overcome before becoming successful.

He emphasised that the graduates were beacons of hope and there was great anticipation and expectations for a positive impact in the life of their immediate communities through the knowledge acquired during their studies at the college.

Mokoena was the guest speaker in the first session of the graduation.

A red carpet was also rolled out, recognising the outstanding performers with academic awards, presented to students in National Certificate (Vocational), Nated Report 191 and various occupational qualifications.

The best-performing students contributed towards the Motheo College producing 125 distinctions and 468 diplomas this year.

Mpho Mokoaleli, a graduate in Electrical Engineering (heavy current), received a standing ovation as the deserving recipient of the prestigious principal award for academic excellence.

He attained three distinctions and an aggregate score of 86%.

He stated that the accolade inspired him to focus more, knowing that what used to be impossible is now possible.

Mokoaleli said he realised that without education his chances for financial freedom and a better future would be bleak.

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