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21 May 2019 | Story Thabo Kessah | Photo Ian van Straaten
Dr Thandi Gumede
Dr Thandi Gumede graduated with a PhD in Polymer Science. She is from Intabazwe, Harrismith.

The Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State was a hive of activity on 17 and 18 May 2019, when over 800 degrees, diplomas, and certificates were conferred on deserving achievers. These included six PhDs and 14 master’s degrees across the four faculties.

Congratulating the graduates on both days, was Africa’s youngest PhD and Industrial Psychology lecturer, Dr Musawenkosi Saurombe, and Prof Francis Petersen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor.

Be like heat

Dr Saurombe started her address by relating her school journey that saw her starting Grade 1 at age 5, thus later matriculating at the age of 15, having skipped Grades 3 and 10. She went on to emphasise the importance of building an honourable character.

“As a graduate, you will soon realise that your degree is useless if you do not have character,” she said to an attentive audience that continued to marvel at her remarkable school history. She encouraged graduates to be like heat that cannot be seen but can only be felt. “Noise can often be seen and heard, but it cannot be felt. However, while heat cannot always be seen, it is always felt. Be like heat and may your presence always be felt,” she said.

Do not focus on yourself

Prof Francis Petersen also encouraged graduates to look beyond their degrees by developing a set of critical values.
 
“For us as the university, this ceremony is not just about your degrees. It is about the values that you must live by,” he said. “As a graduate of the UFS, do not just believe what you are told. Ask questions and engage critically. Secondly, do not just focus on yourself. Remember that you are part of a community and it is your responsibility to make our world a better place for others. You need to be socially responsive to the needs of your community. Thirdly, remember that integrity plays a very important role. This will determine how others value you,” he said.

The two ceremonies also saw three current SRC members graduating. They are Lebohang Miya (BEd FET – Accounting and Business Studies), Duduzile Mhlongo (BA – Geography and isiZulu), and Mhlongo Sinemfundo (BA – Geography and isiZulu).

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Renowned jazz artist visits UFS
2011-02-16

 

Lira, South Africa’s top selling rhythmic jazz artist is making a special appearance at the University of the Free State (UFS). Lira is celebrated for her innovative and empowering contribution to South Africa’s music scene. She will be attending an Oneiric House Exhibition hosted by the UFS at the Centenary Complex on Thursday, 8 March 2011 at 14:00.

Lira is visiting the UFS to attend a project exhibition by third-year architecture students.The project was inspired by Lira’s music and lyrics, and aims to express a transcendence of spaces through a structural investigation that explores the adaptability of structure and space.

The project challenges students to design a single structure that can transcend its form, function and type, specifically from a private house to a public space – the two most opposite environmental modes. This transformation of space is inspired by the exploration of the realm of souls through a dream space in Lira’s lyrics.

For more information contact Nosana Sondiyazi, the exhibition liaison, at 076 037 1985 or sanadivine@gmail.com.

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