600 students celebrate their digital graduation

CPUT Vice Chancellor Dr Chris Nhlapo

Almost 600 degrees and diplomas were awarded during a digital graduation hosted by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) yesterday.

CPUT Vice Chancellor Dr Chris Nhlapho welcomed graduates to the university’s inaugural digital Autumn Graduation ceremony, with the Covid-19 pandemic having challenged universities across the world in how they would be hosting graduations for the class of 2019.

“The university is celebrating the success of all those who graduated,” said Nhlapho.

During the ceremony, a total of 578 diplomas and degrees were awarded across the faculties of Applied Sciences, Engineering and the Built Environment, Education, and Informatics and Design.

A total of 20 qualifications were awarded cum laude while nine were awarded summa cum laude. Of the 578 graduates, 58 were Masters degrees and 17 achieved Doctoral degrees.

Professor Rishidaw Balkaran (Deputy Vice Chancellor) congratulated all graduates and wished them well as they go out to the public and private sectors. He also reminded the graduates to plough back into their communities and to contribute to development.

He reminded them, however, that learning never ends and urged the graduates to continually upgrade their knowledge and skills to keep up with the rapid pace of global change.