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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/)


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