Hard work leads to Ph.D.

2019-07-10 06:00
The Molahloe family rejoices in Tsebo’s graduation on 28 June. From the left are Oupa (father), Puseletso (mother), Tsebo and Tshoanelo (brother). Photo: Teboho Setena

The Molahloe family rejoices in Tsebo’s graduation on 28 June. From the left are Oupa (father), Puseletso (mother), Tsebo and Tshoanelo (brother). Photo: Teboho Setena

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A combination of perfectionism, hard work and self-motivation has earned Tsebo Molahloe distinctions from her first to her final year at the University of the Free State (UFS).

Molahloe has earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry with distinction.

She was awarded her degree at the UFS winter graduation ceremony held in the Callie Human Centre on the Bloemfontein campus on 28 June.

Molahloe was one of the 95 masters and doctoral students who received standing ovation on obtaining her qualification.

She has been studying at the UFS since 2011.

Obtaining distinctions is normal to her, and this delights her parents, Puseletso and Oupa Molahloe.

“It is something special for me as a parent,” said her mother, Puseletso, who is a retired professional nurse.

“From her first year to her last year at university is unbelievable for me.”

Tsebo, meaning knowledge, attributes her milestone to a combination of ethics, self-discipline, dedication and hard work. Her work ethics earned her a bursary from the UFS to pursue her dream.

While she faces the possibility of unemployment like many other qualified South African youths, she is hopeful of making the best of her qualification, which is regarded as scarce in South Africa.

“I’m looking ahead to a bright future and utilising my qualifications to make the best,” she said.

Visibly very happy, Molahloe walked onto the red carpet much to the delight of her family and friends that congratulated her on her achievement.

Her achievement is a cherry on top of the Molahloe tradition of valuing education.

Her brother Tshoanelo graduated in Civil Engineering at the Central University of Technology, Free State.

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