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VICE-CHANCELLOR’S COMMUNIQUE GRADUATION 2014

April 16, 2014

Over the last nine days, a total of 21 graduation ceremonies were held at UKZN, commencing at Westville campus on Monday 7 April and ending on the Pietermaritzburg campus yesterday. An impressive 10081 degrees were conferred during this period...

16 April 2014

 

VICE-CHANCELLOR’S COMMUNIQUÉ

GRADUATION 2014

 

Dear Staff and Students

 

Over the last nine days, a total of 21 graduation ceremonies were held at UKZN, commencing at Westville campus on Monday 7 April and ending on the Pietermaritzburg campus yesterday. An impressive 10081 degrees were conferred during this period of which 211 were doctoral degrees and 866 were Masters degrees. 6282 (62.3 percent) of the graduates were women. 80 physically challenged graduates also received their degrees. The breakdown in the four Colleges is as follows: 4785 degrees conferred in the College of Humanities, 1938 degrees in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, 942 in the College of Health Sciences and 2416 degrees in the College of Law and Management Studies.

UKZN honoured five leading South Africans for their outstanding contributions to science, literature, arts, culture and social sciences. Honorary Doctorates were conferred on

  • Dr Bernard Lewis Fanaroff for his notable contribution to South Africa’s successful bid to host the multi-billion euro telescope initiative and in securing South Africa’s place in global “megascience” projects;
  • Master printmaker, Malcolm Christian for his dedication in nurturing South African artists from disadvantaged communities;
  • Industrial chemist, Basil Kransdorff for the role he has played in redressing micro-nutrient deficiencies among the poor by co-inventing an innovative and low-cost nutritional product – e’Pap Technologies;
  • International conservationist Andrew Kirkwood Muir; for his ingenuity in using nature as a tool for social change; and
  • Satiric playwright, performer and activist Pieter-Dirk Uys, for his success in encouraging a more tolerant and more aware society.

 

I wish to congratulate the recipients of the University’s Distinguished Teachers’ Award: Professor Sarojini Nadar from the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics and Professor Simon Mukwembi from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. I also wish to congratulate Professor Christine Stilwell, Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Sciences and Professor Jonathan Draper, Senior Professor in the School of Theology who were made University Fellows for their research excellence and distinguished academic achievements.

Teams from across various Colleges and the support sectors deserve sincere thanks and appreciation for their commitment, dedication and hard work in ensuring a highly successful graduation. An event of this magnitude requires thorough planning at various levels and I am aware that many individuals worked long hours, some tirelessly behind the scenes to coordinate and showcase this premier event of the University.

Thank you all for your tireless efforts in ensuring the success of the graduation ceremonies. Let me also take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful Easter vacation.

 

Professor John Mubangizi

Acting Vice-Chancellor

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