The Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) had the first day of graduation on 17 April 2023 in uMlazi at the Seme Hall. For the first day the Faculty of Natural Sciences students attended their graduation ceremony.
This ceremony was in honour of Professor Glenda Gray who received a honoroury fellowship. Professor Gray is well known for her tireless help with establishing COVID-19 vaccine trails in South Africa.
The students wore burgundy coloured neckbands and were in a very happy mood on the day. The MUT Choir serenaded guests with heavenly music.
The day was opened by Chancellor Sandile Zungu. The Pastor for the day reminded students that successful scholars stick to the rules.
The Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale greeted everyone in various South African languages. He acknowledged Chancellor Zungu who was installed on 17th March 2023. Chancellor Zungu is the 4th Chancellor at MUT. Professor Ramogale also acknowledged Professor Gray and Professor Lourens van Staden and the graduating class of 2023, diplomatic staff, parents, staff, members of the media and distinguished guests that were in attendance.
‘’We are grateful that COVID-19 is now under control. We are grateful despite many challenges such as moving to online training and providing data to students,’’ said Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Ramogale.
Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Ramogale noted that over 2 800 students would be graduating in this week. He also had some good news for the students and guests. At the beginning of the year he received a letter from Minister Blade Nzimade that R341 million would be given to the University as part of the SDP programme.
This money will be going to help the Departments of Marketing and Communications; and Engineering. The Operations directorate will now be able to refurbish the laboratories and replace the roof in some residences.
‘’MUT leads the way in innovation, this year we also celebrate 10 years of our Teaching and Learning Development Centre (TLDC), said Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Ramogale.
He went on to explain that the TLDC had helped with digital literacy and academic learning for students.
MUT has also gone international and has signed 40 MOU’s with Universities in Africa and globally. Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Ramogale will also be leading a delegation the USA next month.
He advised the students that were graduating that if they did not find a job to look for work. ‘’There are countless opportunities to become an entrepreneur,’’ advised Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Ramogale.
The fellowship in honour of Professor Gray was introduced by the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Roger Coopoosamy. He reminded the guests that Professor Gray was one of the first to establish COVID-19 vaccine trials in South Africa. She was also selected as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.
‘’I’m honoured to accept this award. It is truly a privilege to be recognised by such a University. It is through education that we gather knowledge. Use your education to make a difference in the world. Use every opportunity to network. During COVID-19 we learnt to be resilient. I urge you to be resilient. Embrace the responsibility of creating a better future,’’ said Professor Gray.
She wished the graduates the best for the future.
Students were then presented with their Diplomas and Degrees. This marked the first time that Chancellor Zungu capped a student for the first time.
‘’Coming from uMlazi I feel honoured. I feel very good inside,’’ said Chancellor Zungu when speaking about this momentous occasion.
The students were in a joyous mood as they received their diplomas and degrees with many ululating and celebrating in their own way.
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The graduation ceremony continues this week.