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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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Vote for Kovsies’ achievers!
2011-03-29

Two Kovsie students are finalists in two very prestigious competitions and need your support to pull them through into the home stretch!

Marelize Visagie and Roeline Strauss are finalists in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) 50th Anniversary Video Competition and the Miss Varsity Cup competition, respectively.
 
UFS students and staff and the general public can help them win these competitions by voting for them on the respective competitions’ websites.
 
To vote for Marelize, please go to http://www.oecd.org/videocontest and vote for her video entitled: Progress is sharing the burdens. The video deals with progress through sharing of individual and group burdens and could win her a trip to Paris, where she will represent South Africa at the final ceremony of the competition.
 
The closing date for voting is 14 April at 12:00.

To vote for Roeline, log in to www.varsitycup.co.za and click on the pink rose at the bottom of the page. Then click on the link which reads: click here to vote. Then vote for Shimlas’ Roeline Strauss to make sure she stands a chance of being crowned as the national Miss Varsity Cup, who will be announced at the finals of the tournament on 11 April.

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