The Central University of Technology’s (CUT) Bloemfontein campus hosted its autumn graduation ceremonies this week. Here Bloemfontein Courant’s Justine Fortuin speaks to the graduates from different faculties as they share their excitement for what the future holds.
Lizanne Cornelissen, who studied Office Management and Technology, says: “It feels great to know that you’ve gotten this far. Completion of studies will forever be a wonderful feeling no matter the qualification. It will always remind you of how much you have invested in yourself. I firstly want to find a job to build experience in the field I studied in and continue studying within the next year.”
Ravindra Naicker, who studied a National Diploma in Hospitality Management, states: “Being an official Member of the CUT Alumni is really a massive achievement for me. All the sweat, tears, sacrifices, hardships and everything I had to endure and seeing how it all paid off at the end is incredible! I’m currently an intern at Chef Bertus Basson’s restaurant in Stellenbosch, Overture Restaurant, and I hope that I will eventually land a position in Cape Town as a chef. To all the other students out there – never give up and keep on keeping on!”
Mokhina Itumeleng Obedience, who obtained a BTech in Financial Information Systems (which is his third qualification), says: “I’m very proud of myself and grateful for being granted an opportunity to be a graduate from CUT. I hope to further my studies with International Regulatory Bodies ISACA/ IIA/ACFE, as well as with international qualifications, such as a Certified Information Systems Auditor/Certified Fraud Examiner/ Certified Internal Auditor as my current qualification gives me international recognition and I wish to work overseas.”
Monique Deale, who studied Hospitality Management at the Hotel School, says: “It feels unreal to be able to say I am a graduate of the CUT. I have worked so hard and waited for this day to finally arrive. I will miss all my lecturers and fellow students. I’m currently working at Lemon and Lime Guesthouse in Bloemfontein as the day manager. I would like to have my own establishment one day. Always remember – hard work goes a long way and never goes unseen!”