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10 doctorates awarded at first NMMU summer graduation

10 doctorates awarded at first NMMU summer graduation

Some 400 qualifications – including 10 doctorates – will be awarded at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) first summer graduation ceremony on 9 December. In many instances, graduates in Education are not remunerated at levels commensurate with their qualifications until they receive their graduation certificates.

By graduating in December, these students will not be compromised if they commence employment in January 2015. A total of 226 BEd and 72 BEd (hons) and 65  postgraduate certificates in education will be awarded.In addition, 28 masters and 10 doctoral degrees from all faculties will be awarded.

Doctoral research topics range from a mathematics rendering model to support chat-based tutoring by Bertram Haskins to the development of tourism diploma isiXhosa - speaking students' academic literacies: a multilingual intervention by Thoko Batyi to practice guidelines for culturally sensitive drug prevention interventions by Veonna Goliath.

A survey to establish the willingness of students and staff to participate in summer graduations yielded a significantly favourable outcome.

If the pilot summer graduation is successful, NMMU may increase its number of ceremonies, particularly for students pursuing professional qualifications in health sciences and engineering. However, the summer graduations will complement, and  not replace, the traditional autumn graduations.

“Summer graduations will also enable a better spread of graduates across ceremonies,” says Deputy Registrar Thomas Kungune.

To further facilitate the pilot summer graduation, students and their parents will be accommodated at nominal rates in the NMMU student residences.


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