There was excitement at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Main Campus as it hosted its first face-to-face graduation ceremony in two years due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The graduation week at the University commenced on 19 April and the last day will be on 22 April. Bloemfontein Courant visited the Callie Human Centre where the graduation ceremony was held. UFS Rector Prof. Francis Petersen said in his speech that it is wonderful to see everyone in person. “It is heart-warming to see you here today. Graduations are a celebratory event; it is not a church service.”
Two friends who obtained their degrees in Education cum laude, Amida Bagorebeza and Refiloe Modupi, both said that their academic journey will end in “PhD obtained”. Bagorebeza said it has been an amazing four years for her and she will do anything to get on the stage again. Modupi also said she would definitely come back to further her studies. “There is nothing as exciting as walking on that stage.”
Matsoana Masoabi, who received an Honours degree in Africa Studies expressed how excited he was for the journey ahead as he was doing his Master’s degree in Africa Studies at present. He said he was hopeful that his degrees would enable him to empower the African continent. Masoabi already holds two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Communication Studies and the other in Corporate Marketing.
Liné Viviers, who also received her degree in Education said that she felt honoured to be one of the first group to attend a physical graduation ceremony after two years. She plans to teach abroad.
Two friends who obtained their Fine Arts degrees, Siobhan Swart and Lilian Brink, said the ceremony was significant to both of them, even though Swart felt a little overwhelmed and Brink was nervous about walking on the stage for the first time.
Tylo Mafojane who obtained a degree in Education said it was exciting to be a graduate and she is determined to further her studies in Education.