A healthy growth in graduates at both postgraduate and undergraduate level, accompanied by a significant increase in the number of qualifications gained with distinction, called for an air of excitement at the George Civic Centre which was filled to capacity during the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s autumn graduation in George on 10 April.
Students from the NMMU George Campus graduated in three of the university’s faculties – Business and Economic Sciences; Education; and Science, ensuring a new cohort of well-rounded entrants into the economic sphere.
Master of Technology degrees awarded in the Faculty of Science focused on research in the areas of agriculture, forestry and nature conservation, while Master of Science degrees were awarded for research in the areas of botany and zoology.
NMMU has also delivered proficient graduates for the education sector in the region and beyond, with no less than thirty-five students crossing the stage to receive the degree – Bachelor of Education: Further Education and Training.
The business sector also stands to gain from the increasing cohort of graduates in the sphere of business and economic sciences, with Bachelor of Commerce degrees (accounting for chartered accountants, business management, economics and general accounting) and diplomas awarded in the areas of marketing, management and tourism management.
In the Faculty of Science, NMMU George Campus’ also contributed competent graduates for various niche sectors such as agricultural management, game ranch management, nature conservation, wood technology and forestry. The prestigious industry accolade for excellence in forestry – the Schlich Medal, Gold – was again awarded to a graduate from the NMMU George Campus who had completed her National Diploma in Forestry Cum Laude, with an average of more than 80% annually for the duration of the three year qualification. A record number of students also graduated with a BTech-degree in the various Science-related programmes offered at the NMMU George Campus this year.