The spirit of celebration is in the air at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) as the University finalises its preparations for this year’s virtual graduation where 2812 graduands would be capped along with a record number of Master of Nature Conservation graduates.
In line with the University’s transformation agenda, this year’s graduation will see 1631 females receiving their qualifications at the Institution, compared to 1181 males. This graduation throughput is an indication of the University’s commitment to transforming the lives of the marginalized in society through education and research.
This year’s graduation also marks an improvement in the overall number of graduands receiving qualifications. This achievement is symbolic of the University’s students’ dedication and commitment to their studies, even when the world, as they know it, has been turned upside down.
“It is commendable that the number of graduands has increased by just under 11% in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions,” said Zolisa Gqamane, Deputy Registrar: Academic Affairs at MUT. “Our students prioritized their education and worked hard to complete their qualifications throughout last year’s COVID-19 National Lockdown.”
The virtual graduation ceremony, which will be available on the University’s website (www.mut.ac.za/virtualgraduation), and YouTube and Facebook accounts (https://www.facebook.com/MUTUmlazi), will open for viewing on Saturday, 19 June 2021 from 10h00 onwards.
The virtual graduation ceremony will start with MUT Chancellor, Lindiwe Sisulu (MP) constituting the congregation and making introductory remarks. Sisulu’s introduction will be followed by an address by the Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale. The Deans’ congratulatory messages will follow; starting with the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Babatunde Bakare; then Acting Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences, Dr Bheka Ntshangase, and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Professor Alfred Msomi, respectively. The conferral of qualifications will follow immediately after the Deans’ address; while Sandile Dlamini, President of Convocation, will address graduands after the conferral of qualifications. Sisulu will then dissolve the congregation.
It would not be an MUT graduation without the last dance, Siyobalanda, which has become the University’s signature send-off song. Siyobalanda will wrap-up the virtual graduation ceremony.