Being blind has never defined Cyprian Rudolph Mogane, as this proud graduate received another feather in his cap with a BTech Public Management qualification. He was among the 3 668 graduates of the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, who walked down the aisle during graduation ceremonies held from 26 to 29 March. This was held at the institution’s Bloemfontein campus. Mogane’s latest qualification adds to other qualifications he boasts to his credit. He also has qualifications in Occupational Directed Education Practice and Training at the Corporate College International (CCI) and a Public Management Diploma at the University of South Africa (Unisa).Mogane’s accomplishment proves his blindness will not define life for him and keep him from achieving the unthinkable in the eyes of many people.According to CUT management, Mogane (41) represents many students with disabilities on campuses across the country. Universities are obligated to serve their needs and ensure their full integration into the university life without hassle. Mogane, originally from Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, made his way to the Free State’s capital city of Bloemfontein to explore his career at the CUT. He attributes his milestone to perseverance that saw him thriving, regardless of adversity. He said his journey was not a walk in the park and determination and his perseverance would see him through. Asked about his challenges as a person with a disability at the institution, Mogane explained that the road was not always easy. “My first year at CUT was a misery, as there were no resources to cater for me, such as braille, JAWS computer software, recorded lectures, library material, orientation and mobility, as well as a well-structured disability unit, like at many other universities,” said Mogane. “In my second year, things started to improve – that is why I am still here. “I would like to pursue my MTech in Public Management, but I am not sure if all the resources I need will be available.”Mogane said he was grateful to be able to progress despite all the difficulties he faced. “I want my experience to be an inspiration to other people like me and would like to see CUT opening its doors to other disabled students, as well as see Work Integrated Learning programmes benefiting and placing disabled people with relevant companies and institutions.”Mogane further expressed appreciation to his mentors, lecturers and head of the department, Prof. Tryna van Niekerk, Logan Munsamy and Dr Laetitia Laubscher, for their undying support throughout his journey. Dan Maritz, CUT spokesperson, reiterated the institution’s commitment to the promotion of diversity on campus to create equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities. “Such students are advised to visit the Office of Deputy Registrar: Academic Administration for more information and advice as to how they can be supported throughout their studies,” said Maritz.