28 June 2019 | Story Xolisa Mnukwa | Photo Charl Devenish
Dr Trevor Manuel and Prof Francis Petersen
Dr Trevor Manuel, guest speaker and Prof Francis Petersen.

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The University of the Free State awarded 472 master’s and 95 doctoral degrees to graduates in the Faculties of Health and Natural and Agricultural Sciences during its Winter Graduation ceremony on 28 June 2019.

Honoured for his contribution to science on both national and international level, was the former director of the SKA, Dr Bernie Fanaroff, who received an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

In his congratulatory message to Dr Fanaroff, UFS Chancellor, Dr Khotso Mokhele, said Dr Fanaroff was a very quiet and reserved person. However, every time he speaks, there is a change in the conversation, because “words of wisdom have just been spoken”. “Your contribution to the global scientific community is immeasurable. South Africa is immensely proud to count you among its sons and daughters,” Dr Mokhele said.

The UFS Rector has left graduates with some attributes to prepare them for the world of work. One of these values was that of critical enquiry. “Search for more. Search for the truth. Challenge; do not accept everything,” he said.

Guest speaker at the event and former Minister of Finance, as well as Chairperson of the Old Mutual Group Holdings, Dr Trevor Manuel, said: South Africa is a young nation and a nation with many young people. “We need to believe that the best years are ahead of us. This needs to inform the choices we made.”

Kovsies confer two honorary doctorates in single ceremony

Two giants – one in the arts and another in law – were honoured at the morning graduation ceremony of the University of the Free State’s Bloemfontein Campus on 28 June 2019. The internationally renowned, award-winning film and theatre artist, Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha, received a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) degree during the ceremony. Sharing the stage with Makhetha to receive her Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree, was Madam Justice Mahube Molemela, the first female Judge President of the Free State division of the High Court.

One of the many proud moments during the morning ceremony was when eight researchers from the International Studies Group received their doctoral degrees (PhDs).

Former Minister of Finance, Dr Trevor Manuel, was our guest speaker for the day. Referring to the National Development Plan and the values enshrined in the South African Constitution, the Chairman of Old Mutual Group Holdings urged graduates to carry the country forward.

“Each and every career is contributing to the transformation of society," he said.

Chancellor, Dr Khotso Mokhele, commended the transformation that was visible in the graduate composition. The demographics were – what he called – a “beautiful balance in terms of gender and race.

Graduands told they are ‘persons of value’ in education sector

Chairperson of the GivenGain Foundation, Advocate Frans Stroebel, addressed 474 Open Distance Learning graduands from the university’s South Campus on the afternoon of 27 June 2019 during the first ceremony of the UFS June Graduations. Advanced Certificates in Teaching and National Professional Diplomas in Education were awarded.

Adv Stroebel told graduating teachers that they are ‘people of value’, and as such, give much more than what they take. He praised them, saying: “I thank you now, in advance, for the role that you are going to play in the lives of our children in the next ten years.”

Advocate Stroebel spoke on the theme “Choices”, highlighting that each choice results in someone having to take responsibility. He said that the teachers graduating with these qualifications ‘now have the responsibility of going back to their schools ... to teach a young generation that is waiting for their guidance and mentorship, which will lift [learners’] skills and hopes to a level that will allow them to one day attend an institution such as the UFS.’

The June Graduation ceremonies of the University of the Free State (UFS) Bloemfontein Campus are currently underway with the first ceremony taking place on 7 June 2019 in the Callie Human Centre, and commenced again today 28 June 2019.

Chairperson of the GivenGain Foundation, Advocate Frans Stroebel, and former Minister of Finance and Chairperson of the Old Mutual Group Holdings, Dr Trevor Manuel, have the opportunity to address 474 South Campus Open Distance Learning students, as well as 472 and 95 master’s and doctoral students, respectively. 

Among the qualifications to be awarded during the June graduation ceremonies are three honorary doctorates to theatre and television practitioner, Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha (DLitt Honoris Causa – Faculty of the Humanities), Judge President of the High Court SA – Free State and Chancellor of the Central University of Technology (CUT), Madam Justice Mahube Molemela (LLD Honoris Causa – Faculty of Law), and astronomer, Dr Bernie Fanaroff (DSc Honoris Causa – Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences). 

For more information about the upcoming UFS June graduation ceremonies, visit the UFS graduation ceremonies page. Graduates and students are free to familiarise themselves with the Graduation Career Guide, which stipulates the necessary information for students to note during the graduation processions.

Graduates can prepare for the upcoming ceremonies by reading through the Bloemfontein Graduations: Preparing for Graduations - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which contains the necessary information for graduates to note during the graduation processions.

Bloemfontein Campus:

WATCH: 27 June 2019 Ceremony(Afternoon Session)
South Campus

14:30: South Campus 
Advanced certificates and Professional diplomas 
Graduation Programme

“You have the responsibility of teaching a young generation that is waiting for your guidance and mentorship.” - Adv Frans Stroebel

WATCH: 28 June 2019(Morning Session)
June 28 morning session
Faculties of Economic and Management Sciences, Education, the Humanities, Law and Theology and Religion 
Master's and doctoral qualifications

Graduation Programme

WATCH: 28 June 2019 (Afternoon Session)

 Faculties of Health and Natural and Agricultural Sciences
13:30: Faculties of Health Sciences and Natural and Agricultural Sciences 
Master's and doctoral qualifications

Graduation Programme


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