The University of the Witswatersrand (WITS) held its virtual graduation ceremony for students who had met the requirements to obtain their qualifications across the different faculties on Tuesday 20 July – among those students was the current Miss SA, Shudufhadzo Musida, who obtained her BA Honours in International Relations.
Speaking during an interview with the university’s vice chancellor, Prof Zeblon Vilakazi, the 25-year-old took the opportunity to inspire other students who were struggling with their studies.
“Dreams are valid, I never thought that I’d be sitting here today but today I am sitting here. To every single student who feels that this is really tough, you are going to make it. You’re going to graduate, you’re going to succeed and it may not seem easy now but anything is possible if you put your mind to it and if you work hard…,” she said in a clip that was posted onto the university’s Twitter page.
“And please remember to focus on the small victories. Some days you are going to feel like ‘today’s hard and I’m struggling to study, I’m struggling to do this’ but focus on the small victories. Some days you’re only going to have an hour to study but if you build that up to two hours, three hours, four hours then it builds up to bigger victories that will lead to you graduating and walking up that stage…,” she continued.
Although some people were angry that it seemed that she was the only personal who got the opportunity to have a physical ceremony at the University, others were happy for her and shared how she was an inspiration to them.
Taking to her Instagram page to address the backlash, Musida went on to explain that she had worn her grad attire to the interview after watching her virtual graduation.
"After my virtual graduation today, I had an interview opportunity with VC Prof Zeblon Vilakazi and of course I went in my grad attire. This pandemic has led to trying times and uncertainty for everyone. To all students who had to persevere even in the least ideal times...phambili. Congratulations to the class of 2020," she captioned a photo set from the day.
Here are some pics from her graduation day below: