WSU to honour Constitutional Judge at May graduation

MAY 3, 2016

Over 4000 students will be capped at graduation ceremonies to be held at Walter Sisulu University’s campuses in Buffalo City, Butterworth, Queenstown and Mthatha from 4 to 13 May 2016.

This year marks a watershed moment as the University hosts graduation at the Queenstown campus for the first time, capping graduands in the campus’s only Faculty of Education, Finance and Management.

The University, which caters for over 28 000 students, has 11 faculties offering 175 programmes which are fully accredited by the Council on Higher Education which monitors higher education quality across South Africa.

One of the country’s scarce skills lies in the medical profession, to which WSU has long been a feeder, producing doctors of the highest standards through its School of Medicine which is amongst the top eight medical faculties in the world for problem-based community learning. 

During graduation, a further 73 medical students in various fields will graduate and conduct their internship by serving some of the poorest in the Eastern Cape.

Another sector suffering from severe skills shortage is the engineering sector. In this regard, WSU’s School of Engineering offers the only engineering programmes in this part of the Eastern Cape.  The school enjoys accreditation by the Engineering Council of South Africa, and will cap another 153 engineering students.

WSU’s recently appointed Vice Chancellor Prof Rob Midgley (assumed duty on 1 April), as well as newly appointed Queenstown campus rector Prof McGlory Speckman (assumed duty on 1 May) will bear witness to the institution’s graduation ceremonies for the first time.

The institution will further confer an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws upon Constitutional Court Judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga, who’ll join the illustrious company of some of South Africa’s greatest icons as part of WSU’s ever growing list of honorary graduates.

Judge Madlanga, a former student and lecturer at WSU, will become the institution’s 48th honorary graduate in 41 years since the University (then Unitra) first bestowed an honorary degree upon iconic leader, Paramount Chief Daliwonga Matanzima in 1985.

WSU will be conferring the Doctor of Laws (LLD) (Honoris Causa) degree on Justice Mbuyiseli Russel Madlanga for the immeasurable contribution he has made in:  advancing justice throughout his legal career; protecting and promoting of South Africa’s relatively new constitutional ethos; adding to the shaping of the country’s jurisprudence through participating, as an advocate, in trend-setting cases and himself writing some authoritative judgments; developing and transforming of the legal profession; and, amongst many more,  the role he continues to play as a Justice of the Constitutional Court in advancing the cause of justice, upholding the rule of law and protecting the country’s constitutional democracy.

A total of 4 787 students will be capped, with a majority of these being females (2 824) and the rest being males (1 963).

Over 100 postgraduate degrees are set to awarded; 74 Honours, 23 Masters, and 5 PhD’s.