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The Durban University of Technology (DUT) hosted a successful first day of the Autumn Graduation ceremony, honouring 2625 graduands from the Faculty of Arts and Design, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment and the Faculty of Health Sciences. The virtual ceremony was held today, 27 May 2021 at 12:00 midday. The video of the online graduation is available on the DUT website: and on the DUT YouTube channel: DutCampusTv.    

Addressing the graduates, DUT Chancellor, Ms Nonkululeko Nyembezi expressed her warm congratulations to DUT’s newest Alumni, the graduation Class of 2020. 

 “I salute your accomplishments particularly against the background of an exceptionally difficult final year. For some of you, you will be earning your undergraduate degrees, while for others, this will mark the culmination of your postgraduate and professional studies. I am acutely aware that our actions to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, will leave some of you and your families disappointed that you are missing out on the traditional ceremony of graduation but I do trust that we now all accept the sacrifices that had to be made in light of this pandemic. As Chancellor, I am always filled with immense pride during our graduation season. Your achievement which is culmination of years of your hard work, is good news not only for you and your families but for our country and our continent at large,” said Nyembezi. 

 She wished them (students) continued success in the years ahead and reminded them that their success is highly dependent on the choices they make, actions they take and good fortune. Nyembezi said it is her utmost wish that the new graduates remain connected to DUT and remember that they are ‘DUT4Life’. Furthermore, Nyembezi urged that they remain steadfast and confident in the knowledge that their DUT education, relationships they have forged and the learning they received and experiences during their time at DUT, will serve them well in the years to come. 

Tomorrow, 28 May 2021, DUT will honour 5774 graduands from the Faculty of Accounting and Informatics, the Faculty of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Management Sciences.  A total number of 8399 DUT students from the Durban and Midlands campuses will graduate, comprising of 4928 women and 3471 men, in this year’s graduation ceremonies. 8243 students will be graduating with their undergraduate qualifications whilst 156 will graduate for post-graduate degrees.  

Total number of graduands per Faculty is as follows:  

Faculty of Management Sciences                                    2978 

Faculty of Accounting and Informatics                            2159  

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment            1260   

Faculty of Health Sciences                                               780  

Faculty of Applied Sciences                                              637   

Faculty of Arts and Design                                               585    

Tomorrow’s virtual graduation ceremony will be broadcasted on the DUT website: and on the DUT YouTube channel: DutCampusTv at 12:00 midday. 

Pictured: DUT Chancellor, Ms Nonkululeko Nyembezi (photograph was taken pre-COVID pandemic)

Simangele Zuma 

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