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The University of South Africa (Unisa) will officially hold the last of its 2012 autumn graduation ceremonies at 18:00 in Cape Town today (Thursday, 21 June 2012). This year, the university held a total of 61 graduation ceremonies throughout the country, which commenced at its Muckleneuk campus in Pretoria on 2 April 2012. 

This year’s autumn graduations have produced a total of 25 400 graduates, who have now been equipped with the critical knowledge and skills to face the world of work and business.

 Amongst the qualifications awarded this year are 5259 postgraduate degrees, 499 of which are at masters and doctoral level; and 20 141 undergraduate degrees, diplomas and certificates. 729 of these qualifications were in science and engineering and 11 355 in the area of education, fields in which there is a critical skills shortage in the country.

During this graduation period, Unisa also awarded honorary doctoral degrees to leading South African figures, who now form of Unisa’s illustrious alumni. In this category, legendary jazz musician Jonas Gwangwa was awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature and Philosophy (honoris causa), while international jurist and current UN Human Rights Commissioner, Justice Navi Pillay was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa).

There were a few graduates who stood out amongst the rest ; such as Kalanda Kasongo, who defied major odds in his quest for knowledge, culminating in him recently obtaining a PhD in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, specialising in Computing Education; as well as Teresa Faleschini, who is the first student to graduate  with a Master of Science degree in Life Sciences (with distinction) as part of the postgraduate student training programme held in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).             


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