Ms S Nienaber:ND Electrical Engineering (right) was honoured as the 2009 overall best student.
A total of 1156 graduates entered the Alumni pool of the Vaal University of Technology during the spring graduations ceremonies that were held from 8- 11 September 2009.The students walked proudly across the stage of the Desmond Tutu Great Hall to receive their hard earned and well deserved National Diplomas, Baccalaureus Technologiae Degrees and Magister Technologiae Degrees.
They all looked bright and stunning in their academic dresses, in colours that represented various disciplines in the Faculties of Engineering and Technology, Applied and Computer Sciences, Management Sciences and Human Sciences.The Faculty of Applied and Computer Science was proud to award a Doctoris Technologiae Degree in Chemistry.The 2009 spring graduations were coupled with the Academic Honors Awards. Best performing students were honoured with certificates, cash, trophies, bursaries etc, in the following categories respectively: Special Awards which are for Commerce and industry students for achievements obtained in various courses.Merit Awards are given to students who achieved the highest average in subjects for level 1, level 2 and level 3 in their faculties
The Academic Award is the highest academic award given to a student who passes all the subjects of the qualification at first attempt and obtains an average of 75% in all subjects of the qualification, including the final subjects.The Vice Chancellor’s Awards are given to the students who obtained the highest average in their Faculty for the National Diploma, B-Tech, M-Tech and D-Tech.The Council’s Award is given to the student with the highest average in a completed qualification in the university for the year.When addressing the graduates, the Vice Chancellor and Principal; Prof I N Moutlana began by acknowledging the commitment of lecturers who spend the three, four or more years teaching the students.She also commended the parents for the support they have given their children.
The Vice Chancellor and Principal congratulated the graduates and thanked them for being able to stay committed to their school work. She explained that the new status as a graduate comes with a huge responsibility, “as you enter the world of work which has greater challenges that will question your skills and competencies, it is not going to be easy” she said. Prof Moutlana appealed to the graduates to form a partnership with the university by coming back to VUT when it gets tough. “We will re-skill, deskill and multi skill those that tell us their needs”The Vaal University of Technology will continue to create an environment that is conducive for learning. The Vice Chancellor explained that projects are already underway to improve infrastructure and the curriculum.