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Monday, 12 April 2010

April 2010 graduates encouraged to pursue their career dreams

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Chancellor of CPUT, Dr Trevor Manuel, will confer 6 300 diplomas and degrees on CPUT graduates during the University’s April Graduation.

Of this total, 62 master's degrees and seven doctoral degrees will be awarded during the twelve graduation ceremonies that will take place at the Cape Town and Bellville campuses.

This year’s graduation week commenced on 12 April 2010, with graduates from the Business Faculty taking to the stage to receive their academic qualifications.

The Business Faculty is the largest faculty at CPUT and five of the twelve ceremonies have been set aside for this faculty.

The remainder of the ceremonies will be used to confer degrees in the Faculty of Education and Social Science, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health and Wellness and the Faculty of Informatics and Design.

Addressing graduates at the first graduation ceremony, which took place at the Cape Town Campus, Vice-Chancellor Prof Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga said: “This is a very special occasion and day for all of you. It represents the culmination of many years of hard work and sacrifice.”

She also acknowledged the sacrifices made by parents, partners, family and sponsors during the graduates’ years at CPUT.

Prof Mazwi-Tanga said the institution is proud of what the graduates have achieved thus far.

“We hope that we have placed you on a trajectory that will lead you to greater heights,” she said.

Prof Mazwi-Tanga called on the graduates, who are set to go on to occupy influential positions in industry and the public sector, to support CPUT in its mission of creating and applying knowledge that will contribute to economic and social development in South Africa “We hope you will not forget to plough back into the institution,” she said.

Guest speaker at the ceremony, David Pietersen, the Director of Marketing and Sales at I&J, urged students to “dream big.”

An alumnus of CPUT, Pietersen said: “Make yourself a promise today that you will write down your dream.”

He said graduates must not let their dreams be shattered by alcohol or drug abuse, which is currently rife amongst South African youth.

Pietersen, who has held several top positions in industry also urged Business graduates to not just settle for secure employment at companies but to go on to create employment for other South Africans.

“What this country needs are entrepreneurs. The formal sector does not have the capacity to take up all the demands for jobs,” he said.

He said it takes courage to leap into the world of entrepreneurship as you have to have a successful business idea.

“Don’t look for the big ideas. Many successful entrepreneurs started with humble ideas,” he said.

Pietersen also called on graduates to develop a “proudly South Africa culture” by supporting South African entrepreneurs.

“When a new business starts up, support it as is may be one of your fellow alumni,” he said.

Dr Manuel, who presided over the graduation, also encouraged graduates to pursue their dreams.

“I want to plead with graduates to take heed of the advice of the guest speaker. Commit to your dreams.”

He called on graduates to make a commitment to life-long learning and return to CPUT to further their studies.

By Candes Keating

Photograph: CPUT Chancellor Dr Trevor Manual congratulates MTech: Business Administration graduate Xi Sun at the first of the university’s April 2010 Graduation Ceremonies.

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za