On the second day, students from five of the six NUST Faculties graduated, namely; Human Sciences, Engineering, Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences, Health and Applied Sciences and Computing and Informatics.
The Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Honourable Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, addressed the Congregation and emphasised the importance of education. “Education is the key to unlocking your cognitive potential to think. As you enter the job market, you have an open mind and you can become a job creator,” she said.
In line with the ceremony’s theme, ‘Sustainable Innovation,” the guest speaker was Phil Mashabane, a South African connoisseur in architecture. Mashabane co-founded Mashabane and Rose Architects, a practice that has received accolades for designing historical sites which include the Robben Island Museum, the Oprah Winfrey Academy and Freedom Park. He said: “When I started job hunting, the position for every advertisement that I saw required experience of 10 years, but I did not let this discourage me. I started off as a volunteer to gain that experience and after a few months, I was offered a permanent position. This simply taught me that if you are assertive about anything you do, failure is not an option.”
During the Ceremony, held for the first time since the institution transformed to a University, several new qualifications were awarded. These included the Bachelor of Pre-Hospital Emergency Care and the Master of Business Administration.
The Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, congra-tulated the graduates and encouraged them to turn their goals into reality, reminding them that the event was being held against the backdrop of the national agenda against poverty alleviation. “Everyone has a role to play in its fulfilment,” Tjivikua said.
The next graduation ceremony is slated for October 2016.