Welcome to the Class of 2023’s graduation


Kanye West’s words ‘Welcome to graduation’ was the theme song for many students who filled the auditorium to have their time across the stage with the old cap and gown. A widespread cheer could be felt as a series of graduation ceremonies were rolled out in the past week at the University of the Free State. Social media was abuzz with pictures of graduates filling the social feeds. Bloemfontein Courant’s Bonolo Moloi shared in some of the festivities and spoke to a few graduates on their future plans and what their accomplishments mean to them.

Saré Laubscher

“Last year I completed a BSc in Biochemistry and Genetics and this year I am pursuing my Honours in Human Genetics. I plan on enjoying my student life as much as I can because I hear working life is very difficult, and that’s my advice for all the students. Hopefully I can continue with my Master’s next year and then from there on I will see where to next.”

Elrico Plaatjies

“I am a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and English graduate from the UFS. Losing my dad two years ago and burying my mom a day before my graduation ceremony was definitely the most difficult thing I ever endured. However, I am staying strong and resilient to further my studies in the hopes of becoming a clinical or child psychologist, by the Grace and Mercy of God.”

Sinothando Sinaye Moerane

“I graduated from BSc, majoring in Geohydrology, and it was an Honours degree. Currently, I am working as a junior hydrogeologist at a consulting firm. In future, I would like to move into the mining industry. I plan on pursuing my Master’s but for now, I am taking a break.”

Hendry Jooste

“I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and an Honours degree in Communication Science, with specialisation in Journalism and Media Studies. My plan for the future is to find a job as a journalist in a newsroom, continue to work freelance, or to find another job in the media.”

Leandré Jackson

“I did my B.Ed. (Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching), majoring in English Home Language, Business Studies, and Technology. I am currently doing an HOD at Bolton Independent School where I teach Technology grade 9, English Home Language, and Tourism Grade 10-12. I hope they achieve a 100% pass rate for my subject. I would also like to pursue my Honours and Master’s in Education in the future.”

Mandla Zulu

“I am a BA Honours graduate in Communication Science, with specialisation in Journalism and Media Studies. I am looking forward to growing my career in broadcast and news reporting as a Journalist while furthering my studies in the field as I have aspirations of publishing my work on Gender and African Studies. I am pursuing my Master’s in Gender Studies.”