More than 6700 graduates are set to cross the stage over Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) two-week long graduation period, which starts tomorrow (31 March 2017).
The 2016 academic year, albeit a difficult and turbulent one, produced the highest graduation numbers for the University to date, with 6786 students from seven faculties to be capped over 17 ceremonies at the Port Elizabeth and George campuses.
George kicks off proceedings on Friday, 31 March, with graduation at the Port Elizabeth campuses beginning at the Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday, 4 April.
Of the graduates, a record 95 will be receiving their doctoral degrees, with three honorary doctorates to be conferred on prominent national and international game changers on 5 April.
Former Public Service and Administration minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi will receive an honorary doctorate for her contribution to leadership in social and economic transformation, with specific emphasis on the empowerment of women.
Globally acclaimed educational entrepreneur Fred Swaniker will be honoured for his quest for excellent leadership and his incredible educational entrepreneurship, while London-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa will be lauded with a DPhil for his contribution to entrepreneurship, philanthropy and business leadership.
Students from NMMU’s first cohort of admitted blind students are set to cross the stage, while those from the University’s first group of BSc Dietetics students – who began their studies at the programme’s inception in 2013 – will be graduating.
The 2016 academic year was a difficult one, but the dedication and commitment of staff and students to complete the year’s studies proved fruitful, as evidenced by the higher graduation rate. The April graduation period includes students who were unable to cross the stage in December because of the extended academic year.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning Prof Cheryl Foxcroft, who led the team spearheading the Academic Completion Plan at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, said despite having to run the University from the facility, academic standards were maintained.
“Most impressive, however, is that 6786 graduates will be capped this month – the highest number of graduates for NMMU’s autumn graduation,” she said.
NMMU’s graduation figures have grown over the last five years, from 5976 graduates in 2012 to 6786 in 2016. In the previous graduation year, a total 6258 students were capped.
The Business and Economic Sciences Faculty leads the pack with 2388 graduates, followed by the Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBEIT) and Health Sciences faculties at 1079 and 1017 respectively. The Arts Faculty will see 879 students graduating, with 732 Science graduates crossing the stage. The Education and Law faculties have 446 and 245 graduates respectively.
The April graduation period concludes on Wednesday, 12 April.
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