The joyful sounds of parents and family members ululating and shouting clan names in pride set the scene as VUT officially opened the 2017 Spring Graduations which are taking place this week at the VUT Desmond Tutu Hall on the Vanderbijlpark Campus.
A total of 262 students, two of whom were conferred Doctorate Technologiae degrees, graduated in the Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences on 11 September.
In his congratulatory speech, VUT Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Gordon Zide said that is only through education that the chains and shackles of poverty will be eliminated. He emphasised the importance of acquiring knowledge and gaining skills in order to be better equipped to solve the fundamental social problems facing our country. He said that not many people realise that the best way to serve our country in these changing and challenging times is through being educated and informed.
“To every graduate, this is a very special and a moving moment. You share dreams of your success with all those who contributed to your education and particularly the members of the community in which you live, your parents as well as your sponsors. Today when you get home or before starting with your braais and parties, just turn to your parents or guardians and say: ‘Thank You Dad, Mom, Uncle, Aunt for making my dream come true!’” Prof Zide said with enthusiasm.