We warmly welcomed the spring season and enjoy the warm and sunny weather, Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) celebrated the newly graduates on Friday, 2 September 2016.
This season’s graduates were much honoured by the presence of Chancellor Madam Justice Mahube Molemela who officiated for the first time at the Spring Graduations.
Approximately 3 397 certificates, diplomas and degrees were awarded; most notable of these achievements was 12 doctoral degrees in one season summing up to 19 Doctoral candidates for both autumn and spring graduations. 30 Master’s degrees from all faculties also proudly walked the stage to be honoured.
Below is a short overview and highlights from the autumn and spring graduations 2016.
2016 graduation statistics:
- Approximately 3 397 candidates graduated in 2016 spring and autumn graduation ceremony as compared to 2 879 in 2015.
- 19 Doctoral degrees in 2016 compared to eight in 2015.
- 61 Masters compared to 16 in 2015.
- Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology: 886 compared with 666 in 2015.
- Faculty of Health and Environmental Science: 467 compared to 416 in 2015.
- Faculty of Humanities: 758 compared 780 in 2015.
- Faculty of Management Sciences: 1286 compared 1056 in 2015.
In his last address to graduates, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Thandwa Mthembu expressed his gratitude towards the graduates for investing their time and efforts in pursuit of intellectual, personal, and social development at CUT and praised the parents and guardians for their everlasting support towards their children’s education. “I have witnessed a lot of contagious excitement in this hall today and wish that this feeling of exhilaration you have may remain with you for many years to come. I also wish to congratulate our Chancellor, Madam Justice Mahube Molemela for her very first and splendid officiating of this ceremony and wish her many more successful ceremonies in the future,” he concluded.
Later at Doctorandi Dinner, Madam Justice Mahube Molemela congratulated all the doctoral candidates and said that they had a huge responsibility of ploughing back to both their families and communities, assisting other undergraduates financially and using their acquired knowledge and research skills to come up with solutions that will uplift the economy of the country.
“To those who are going to strike gold, please do not offer only internships, mentoring and coaching but also make a small contribution financially as we are faced with very rough times.”