The University will confer an impressive 9637 degrees this year.
The University will confer an impressive 9637 degrees this year. Our graduates continue to excel and 85 students have obtained their degrees summa cum laude and 260 cum laude respectively. Our commitment to empower women through education is evident. Women constitute 61.3 percent of the total graduands this year and 82 physically challenged graduands will receive their degrees. Equally our students with disabilities must be celebrated. Despite the odds they have excelled with tenacity and determination.
In addition, the University will confer honorary degrees on five distinguished individuals, for their unique and outstanding contribution to society both at a national and at a global level.
1. Professor Alan Aderem: An internationally recognized immunologist and cell biologist will receive the Doctor of Science degree for his distinguished services in the advancement of Medical Research.
2. Dr Françoise Barré-Sinoussi: Will be conferred with a Doctor of Science degree in recognition of her discovery in 1983 of the retrovirus that became known as HIV.
3. Mrs Fée Halsted-Berning: Is a ceramicist from the Midlands of KZN. She will be recognized for her contribution in nurturing talent in rural KwaZulu-Natal through the Ardmore Ceramic Art that has been hailed throughout the international arts world as a triumph of creativity and empowerment over poverty, disease and lack of formal education. She will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature.
4. Mr Michel Sidibé: Will be conferred with the degree of Doctor of Administration. He is the Executive Director of UNAIDS, and has been recognised nationally and internationally for his contribution in the fight against AIDS. He helped shape the global movement for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support.
5. Mr Philip Nchipe Tabane: Is being recognized for having spawned a whole genre of music known as Malombo - the rhythm and sound of the ancestral spirits. This architect of the Malombo tradition is credited for having fused ancient African rhythms with western instruments creating a new and unique sound. He will be conferred with the Doctor of Music degree.