UFH awards over 3000 qualifications and three Honorary Doctoral Degrees - 2021 June Winter Graduation

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The University of Fort Hare will award more than 3000 qualifications and three honorary doctorates during a two-part hybrid (Live +Virtual) Winter Graduation ceremony on 21st June, 2021. The 98th graduation celebrates the class of 2020 who, during their final year of study, faced unprecedented challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

As per norm, the ceremony will be officiated by the Chancellor, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sakhela Buhlungu.

PART ONE

With strict Covid-19 regulations in place, the first segment will comprise a live (face-to-face) ceremony attended by no more than 50 people.  At this session, only 17 doctoral students and three honorary degrees will be conferred.   The event will be streamed via UFH YouTube and other university social media platforms from 09h00,

The recipients of the honorary doctorates are:

Justice Mandisa Muriel Lindelwa Maya,  President of the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa (SCA). 

Justice Dikgang Moseneke, retired Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa and a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

Ms Sindiwe Magona, multi-award-winning author, storyteller, motivational speaker, poet, playwright, and actor. 

PART TWO

The second segment of the ceremony will kick-off immediately after conclusion of the live event.  As in 2020, the remainder of the qualifications will be awarded virtually.  Six faculty-dedicated ceremonies will be transmitted simultaneously on the UFH YouTube and other social media channels.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sakhela Buhlungu said the ceremony was a moment of pride for the university.

“This graduation signifies us succeeding against all odds to complete the 2020 Academic Year. Some will recall a time when the Minister of Higher Education (Dr Blade Nzimande) named UFH as one the five universities who were at risk of losing the 2020 academic year. There were doubts, but we did it!”

The VC thanked all staff:  support services, academics and administrators for their efforts towards making 2020 a success.

“Most importantly, thank you to our students. I know it was frustrating at times, particularly the wait they had to endure during the distribution of the more than 6000 laptops for online learning. I am very proud to say we managed to pull through and now here were are.  This is our moment of celebration. This is success in the face of serious adversity.”

He said the highlight of the upcoming event was the ability to cap some of the PhD graduands on-site and also the three honorary doctorates that will be awarded.

 “It is a moment of great joy for us to able to physically cap these students and also to honour these three great individuals.”

The Vice-Chancellor applauded the class of 2020 for being patient and showing resilience in the face of all obstacles imposed by the pandemic. “It showed that you were here because you wanted to be here and obtain your qualification. I wish you all the best in all your future endeavours,” concluded Prof Buhlungu.