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Rhodes Alumni Events 2017

Rhodes Graduation 2017 Update

This past weekend saw six successful graduation ceremonies for 2017. A total of 2 464 students received their degrees and diplomas. Of these, 1328 (or 54%) were undergraduate Bachelor’s degrees and 1 136 (or 46%) were postgraduate degrees and diplomas. Of the 1136 postgraduate students, 295 received their Masters degrees. Of the 2 464 graduates, 59% were women, and 21% were international students. This year we produces 88 PhD graduates, up from 67 of 2016. We celebrated a new record of 29 PhD degrees for the Faculty of Humanities, up from the previous record of 19 achieved last year. The Faculty of Science produced 38 PhD graduates, the Faculty of Commerce 6, the Faculty of Education 13, and the Faculty of Pharmacy 2.

The Vice-Chancellors Speech was extremely pertinent to South Africa today and held a special message for our departing graduates. Luzuko Jacobs, the Director of Communications and Advancement re-iterated a similar message to our PhD and Master graduates at the Alumni House and Post Graduate celebration held at Oakdene House on the Saturday night. Both speeches are very poignant and are well worth the read. Please find them both attached.

We conferred Honorary Doctorates to:

  • Dr Barney Pityana
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson
  • Dr Marguerite Barankitse
  • Dr Penny Siopis
  • Dr Sheila Sisulu

To read more on the Honorary Doctorates – please access the following link: (http://www.ru.ac.za/graduationgateway/honorarydoctorates/2017/)


What people are saying on Social Media

Ian Edwards "This is the VERY, VERY, VERY, BEST NEWS of the year being the year of our Lord 2017. As Taki quite correctly stated, sanity has prevailed. As I mentioned previously, all students from the late sixties to the early seventies must have a feeling of exalutation at this wonderful news.”

Mary Todd Vianello "Absolutely wonderful news. I don't agree with what Rhodes did but those were the times. As long as we move on and include everyone."

David Alcock "I am very relieved about this. And I think common sense has prevailed. I am sure there are objections to what the man Cecil John Rhodes stands for but he was a man of his time and we can now enjoy his legacy and try and benefit some of those who have been disadvantaged in the past. Rhodes University has a good name - and I have heard only good things about the university in the UK; and the graduates who get employed prove their worth and make their way successfully in the world. I spent some of my best years at Rhodes University as a student and on the staff of the drama department, a time which formed my thinking and my abilities. I made life-long friends there. So all in all I think this is a good decision.”

Trevor Brodrick "Well done to the voices of reason. Those who are unhappy go elsewhere as we capitalists want to support our university financially and will not if the name changes.”

Camalita Naicker "FFS!! What a shameful decision by Rhodes University Council which has proven once again how uncommitted they are to transformation! I remember in my first year the name change was already being discussed and pushed for by Sasco, The article is false to claim that it was only brought up two years ago, there was always a concern by black students about this name. Now ten years, a whole movement calling for Rhodes to Fall, we are still here."

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