Graduation season is set to kick-off at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University today. The university has recorded the highest number of graduates for this Autumn graduation period. Over 6700 students are set to receive their qualifications between today and April the 12th 2017.
According to a statement released by the university’s Communication & Stakeholder Liaison – of the 6786 graduates in total, the group who were part of the BSc Dietetics inception in 2013 will be capped, along with NMMU’s cohort of admitted blind students.
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.
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.
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.