Nelson Mandela University Students want normal graduation

Esethu Sifolo

The students from Nelson Mandela University call for contact graduation than virtual graduation. This follows after the majority of students acknowledging that the country is in its second month of alert level one. This implies that most normal activities can resume under careful precautions and health guidelines.

The Nelson Mandela students state that since funerals can be hosted under stipulated health guidelines, the university can be able to host contact graduation observing the same guidelines. Above all, they define contact graduation ceremony as one of the monumental moments of their lives of studying, so they want to be honoured in public not virtually.

Students pitched few ideas on how the graduation can be hosted since one of the alert level one updated rules and regulations state social gatherings can be had provided that there are 250 people or fewer for indoor venues and 500 people for outdoors venues.

Some students suggested that the graduation can be held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to maximise the capacity of graduates and all protocols allowed. Connie Maxhego suggested that the university can also divide the number of students that will be graduating into groups so that they do not exceed the number that is required for the venue.

The students continue to say that the Department of Higher Education and Training should consider them as ‘a weapon to change the world’ as legendary Nelson Mandela said , and they want to be seen and honoured in a normal and mannered way as weapons that are manufactured from Tata’s university.

 Mbali Ngube suggests that “family does not have to be there” they want to be honoured and walk up the stage and collect their qualifications that they worked for after so many years of studying and pushing hard.

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