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Last week, 1728 students, including 31 doctoral candidates, were the first to receive their qualifications at the Summer Graduation in the institution’s new name of Nelson Mandela University.


These graduates were joined by legal giant former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who received an honorary doctorate at the first of four ceremonies.

The Summer Graduation ceremonies was also the last for outgoing Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz and Chancellor Santie Botha.

Justice Moseneke who is currently leading the key redress process around the more than 140 Life Esidimeni patients, who died when moved to alternative venues, was among those to give an address at the launch of the university’s new name in July this year.

The University’s graduation figures have grown steadily over the last five years from 5 976 in 2012 to the record of 6786 in April this year, including 95 doctorates.

Fifteen doctorates were awarded in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, five in the Science Faculty, four in Law, three in Engineering, the Built Environment and IT, two each in the Arts and Education faculties and one in the Health Sciences Faculty.

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