UFS graduation brings actor and judge together

Mahube Molemela and Jerry Mofokeng after the ceremony where they each received an honorary doctorate. - Photo: Sazly Hartzenberg

At this morning’s graduation ceremony at the University of the Free State, where there was nothing but pride and joy in the air, a well-known actor and a Bloemfontein judge received honorary doctorates from the university.

The internationally known South African actor, Jerry Mofokeng, has been serving in the entertainment industry for over 40 years and has shown nothing but artistic merit and dedication. Mofokeng told Bloemfontein Courant that it is such a great honour for him to receive a Degree of DLitt (honoris causa).

He said that it is important for people who are trying to go into the entertainment industry to continue to put in hard work and professionalism even if they don’t receive awards for it, “because the day you do get it, it will really mean something”.

Mofokeng explained that receiving the Doctorate is not the end but rather the beginning of a new phase and that he plans to continue to work hard as a mentor for those who look up to him.

Jerry Mofokeng holding his honorary doctorate
Photo: Sazly Hartzenberg

Born and bred in Bloemfontein, Madam Justice Mahube Molemela was holding the Bloemfontein flag high this morning as she graduated with an honorary doctorate. She explained that she was extremely humbled by this.  “I wasn’t expecting this, it is such an honour and I am so grateful for this.”

Molemela said that this was a big moment for her and that she is proud to be associated with the UFS. She had a strong message for students: “There is no substitute for hard work. Follow your dreams and never give up even if life has many potholes because sometimes these potholes are just a way of redirecting you.”

She also says that young people should not make money their objective in life but rather try and plough back into their communities and lend a helping hand.

Sazly Hartzenberg