Autumn Graduation Season Ends on a High Note

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The Durban University of Technology (DUT) Autumn 2018 Graduation season ended on a high note with the Faculty of Health Sciences, today, 14 May 2018, with two final ceremonies of the 23 graduation ceremonies that commenced in Indumiso Campus, Pietermaritzburg on 25 April 2018.
One of the key highlights from today was the high number of post-graduate degrees which were conferred, with five Doctoral degrees and 39 Masters degrees, which is an impressive research output from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

One of the Degrees of Doctor of Nursing graduates, Dr Nelisiwe Hlongwa conducted her thesis exploring mental health policies, her topic was, “A practice framework to enhance the implementation of the Policy on Integration of Mental Health Care in KwaZulu-Natal province.” “The results from my thesis indicated a need for an enabling environment for the successful integration of mental health care which includes adequate space for consultation, the protocol for referral and management of mental health care users,” said Dr Hlongwa.

During this graduation season, DUT conferred an outstanding 6760 graduates, of which 3 762 were female. The Faculty of Management Sciences had 3 217 undergraduates, while the Faculty of Accounting and Informatics had 1 434 undergraduates and 3 post-graduates. The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment had 1 092 undergraduates and 11 postgraduates. 690 undergraduates and 44 post-graduates are from the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Faculty of Arts and Design had 593 undergraduates and 1 post-graduate and the Faculty of Applied Sciences saw 533 undergraduates and 14 post-graduates.

DUT’s Faculty of Health Sciences, Executive Dean, Professor Nokuthula Sibiya concluded today’s ceremony with a moving speech, wishing the Health Sciences graduate success and prosperity in the various disciplines they have chosen to pursue.

Chairperson of Council, Wiseman Madinane, also congratulated the graduating class of 2017, expressing his full confidence that they will represent DUT well as proud products of this University. “Convocation joins the rest of the University community in wishing you well and we are confident that we have created leaders who are distinguished in thought and deeds and who have the cognitive abilities to make the world a better place,” he said.

DUT is proud of the remarkable work from the class of 2017, which culminated with their graduation, and we wish them well as they pursue their careers in various disciplines.

Pictured: Some of the graduates who were conferred with their Degrees and Diplomas today, 14 May 2018.

Tina Shabalala