The Durban University of Technology (DUT) is gearing up to host its Virtual Autumn Graduation 2021 which will be held over a two-day period, next week on Thursday, 27 May 2021 and Friday, 28 May 2021. The virtual graduation ceremonies will be screened on the DUT website: www.dut.ac.za and on the DUT YouTube channel: DutCampusTv at 12h00.
The University will first honour graduands from the Faculty of Arts and Design, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment and the Faculty of Health Sciences on Thursday, 27 May 2021. The next day, Friday, 28 May 2021 will be dedicated to graduands from the Faculty of Accounting and Informatics, Faculty of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Management Sciences. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the public health guidelines for Lockdown Level 1, the graduation ceremonies will be held online. This will be the third consecutive season of online graduation events for DUT.
A total number of 8 399 DUT students from the Durban and Midlands campuses will graduate, comprising of 4 928 women and 3 471 men. Also, 8 243 will be graduating with their undergraduate qualifications whilst 156 will graduate with post-graduate degrees.
Topping the list with the highest number of graduands is the Faculty of Management Sciences, with a total of 2978. It is followed by the Faculty of Accounting and Informatics, with a total number of 2159 graduands. The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment has a total number of 1260 graduands, followed by the Faculty of Health Sciences with a total number of 780 graduands, the Faculty of Applied Sciences with 637 graduands and the Faculty of Arts and Design with a total number of 585 graduands.
Internationally acclaimed South African novelist and playwright Professor Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda popularly known as “Zakes Mda”, will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Visual and Performing Arts by the Faculty of Arts and Design at DUT on 27 May 2021. The awarding of the honorary degree is in recognition of Professor Mda’s exceptional contribution and accomplishment in the world of Arts, particularly in literature and various other scholarly works.
Professor Mda currently resides overseas, in Athens, Ohio. He has an art studio there which he uses to paint intertextual collages that are exhibited in South Africa, USA and Europe. He also uses the studio for all his writing, composing and film direction. He is presently directing an animated feature film entitled: “The Prels”. He directs the animators, mostly based in Durban and some based in Johannesburg, from his art studio. He is also composing the music for this film in collaboration with choirs in the Free State and a DJ in Johannesburg. In addition, he is the co-producer of a movie based on his novel “The Madonna of Excelsior” which is currently being shot in the Free State.
Graduands will be able to view their faculty based graduation ceremony on the day of their graduation. DUT congratulates all graduands and wishes them well in the future.