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WSU Confers 45th Honorary Doctorate to SA Accounting Gem

Apr 28, 2015
WSU Confers 45th Honorary Doctorate to SA Accounting Gem

Monday the 4th of May will see Walter Sisulu University (WSU) conferring its 45th honorary doctorate since 1985 to FirstRand Bank (Ltd) Group CEO Sizwe Nxasana during the University’s 2015 graduation ceremony at the Nelson Mandela Drive Site in Mthatha.

Nxasana qualified as the country’s sixth African Chartered Accountant in 1987.

He will be honoured with the honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) degree by the University’s Faculty of Commerce and Administration in Accounting Science for his professional leadership and competence in the Accounting field both nationally and internationally. 

WSU confers this degree on Mr Nxasana for the excellent contribution he has made to the growth, development, and transformation of the accounting profession in this country and for his success in the business world.”

“We join the rest of the country, and indeed the financial world in formally recognising him as a leader equipped and skilled with the tools necessary to take the accounting profession in Southern Africa to the next level in transforming our societies for the better,” said WSU Acting Spokesperson Thando Cezula.

This year’s proceedings will see the University awarding a total of 4 534 degrees, diplomas and certificates.

WSU will commence its proceedings by witnessing the capping of 1 300 Buffalo City Campus graduands at the Abbotsford Christian Centre in East London. Proceedings will take place on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 April during two morning sessions.

The festivities then move on to the Nelson Mandela Drive Site Great Hall in Mthatha Campus where a marathon schedule will see 2 049 graduands being capped on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 May. Two sessions a day, morning and afternoon, are earmarked for this particular ceremony.

The Butterworth Campus will have its proceedings on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 May where 1 155 expectant graduands will be capped.  Wednesday will consist of a morning and afternoon session, whilst to wrap things up, a single session on Thursday will signal the end of the ceremonies.

Words of encouragement will be shared at each session by guest speakers including WSU alumni Velile Mbuli, an award-winning journalist, and Brian Mtwa, who sits on Eskom’s National Executive Committee for the National Society for Black Engineers.

Other speakers will include telecommunications expert Dr Ncedo Mkondweni, neurosurgeon Dr Coceka Mfundisi, Grahamstown Court magistrate Ronny Lesele and East London Port Manager Jacqueline Brown.


Photo Caption: FirstRand Bank (Ltd) Group CEO, Sizwe Nxasana.