UP Graduation 2022 – Autumn

The University of Pretoria awarded more than 12 000 qualifications at graduation ceremonies held on Hillcrest Campus from 20 April to 20 May. Of these qualifications, 207 were doctorates, 1 399 were master’s degrees, 2 293 were honours degrees and 1 169 certificates. These are some of the stories of our graduates.

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#UPGraduation2022: Graduate overcomes sight impairment challenges to obtain master’s
Graduate overcomes sight impairment challenges to obtain master’s

UP student Zak Claassen has a received a Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics cum laude, successfully overcoming accessibility challenges... Read more

#UPGraduation2022: Vodacom Bulls coach graduates with degree in industrial psychology from UP
Vodacom Bulls coach graduates with degree in industrial psychology from UP

Vodacom Bulls rugby defence coach Joey Mongalo has added another string to his bow after graduating from UP with an MCom in Industrial Psychology...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: IsiZulu writer becomes first UP student to obtain master’s in creative writing in African language
IsiZulu writer becomes first UP student to obtain master’s in creative writing in African language

Menzi Thango has become the first University of Pretoria (UP) student to obtain a master’s in creative writing in an African language(other than Afrikaans)...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: ‘Being part of a high-performing family pushes me further’– UP master’s graduate and CEO
‘Being part of a high-performing family pushes me further’– UP master’s graduate and CEO

Three-time University of Pretoria (UP) graduate Elma Akob has more reason than usual to celebrate her most recent graduation milestone: with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, she was finally able to... Read more

#UPGraduation2022: UP honours Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith with its Chancellor’s Medal
UP honours Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith with its Chancellor’s Medal

Leading businessman Chris Griffith was recently presented with the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Chancellor’s Medal at a UP School of Engineering graduation ceremony...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: Accountability in municipalities will improve service delivery, PhD study finds
Accountability in municipalities will improve service delivery, PhD study finds

The dysfunctional and collapsing state of municipalities is what prompted Dr Fezile Ngqobe, a PhD graduate from the School of Public Management and Administration to investigate whether the development of an integrated performance and accountability framework could contribute to improved service delivery....Read more

#UPGraduation2022: Award-winning writer Mandla Langa receives honorary doctorate
Award-winning writer Mandla Langa receives honorary doctorate

Through its Faculty of Humanities, the University of Pretoria (UP) has conferred an honorary doctorate on acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa in recognition of his dedication to arts and culture...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: UP’s first fully online student cohort graduates
UP’s first fully online student cohort graduates

The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Directorate of Comprehensive Online Education Services (COES) recently saw its first cohort graduate during UP’s autumn graduation session The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: UP confers honorary doctorate on public finance and taxation specialist Prof Sijbren Cnossen
UP confers honorary doctorate on public finance and taxation specialist Prof Sijbren Cnossen

The University of Pretoria (UP) has conferred an Honorary Doctorate (honoris causa) in Commerce on Professor Sijbren Cnossen during its 2022 autumn graduation session Prof Cnossen is recognised as an international authority...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: Therapy dog takes centre stage in UP PhD graduate’s study
Therapy dog takes centre stage in UP PhD graduate’s study

Morkie the dog has been much more than a loving companion to University of Pretoria (UP) graduate Dr Suné Scholtz – in fact, the 15-year-old Maltese-Yorkshire Terrier cross was instrumental in helping her to obtain her Doctorate in Educational Psychology. Titled ‘An auto-ethnography of a therapy dog’s role...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: Prof Mokubung Nkomo receives honorary doctorate from UP
Prof Mokubung Nkomo receives honorary doctorate from UP

In recognition of his contribution to the field of social justice and education, the University of Pretoria (UP) recently awarded now retired independent education academic Professor Mokubung Nkomo an honorary doctorate.This award comes as a total surprise... Read more

#UPGraduation2022: I used every coin I earned as a car guard to pay for my studies – UP PhD candidate and lecturer on his road to academic success
I used every coin I earned as a car guard to pay for my studies – UP PhD candidate and lecturer on his road to academic success

Fabrice Kapya might have been known to shoppers at Wonderpark mall as a friendly car guard, but what they would not have known is that he also held a degree in Chemical Engineering. Four years later...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: UP history student overcomes disability challenges to graduate cum laude
UP history student overcomes disability challenges to graduate cum laude

University of Pretoria (UP) student Rudolph Boraine has graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) degree in History, having completed a research report on the contested history of the koeksister, the well-loved South African confectionery...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: UP caps current and former SRC presidents
UP caps current and former SRC presidents

The University of Pretoria’s (UP) current Student Representative Council (SRC) president, Thuto Mashila, and former SRC president Lerato Ndlovu have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Political Science, respectively. ..Read more

#UPGraduation2022: UP caps SA’s first cohort of veterinary nursing graduates
UP caps SA’s first cohort of veterinary nursing graduates

The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Veterinary Science has heralded a new chapter in the education of veterinary nurses in South Africa by conferring veterinary nursing degrees (BVetNurs) on the country’s first group of graduates The class of 2021 recently participated in the oath-taking ceremony...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: UP master’s graduate develops machine-learning techniques to make AI more accessible
UP master’s graduate develops machine-learning techniques to make AI more accessible

University of Pretoria (UP) graduate Mia Gerber recently received a master’s in Computer Science with distinction, after completing her degree in a year and a half following her return to academia. The machine-learning techniques that she developed as part of her research not only makes artificial intelligence more accessible...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: Leader in veterinary science receives honorary doctorate from UP
Leader in veterinary science receives honorary doctorate from UP

The University of Pretoria (UP) has conferred the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Science (honoris causa) on Emeritus Professor Jacobus Andries Wynand (Koos) Coetzer for his national and international scientific, teaching and learning contributions to the field of infectious and parasitic diseases of livestock and wildlife...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: Meet Bolanle Enang, a shining star nurtured by a single father, the church and UP
Meet Bolanle Enang, a shining star nurtured by a single father, the church and UP

Bolanle Enang graduated with a master’s degree in theology with distinction from the University of Pretoria (UP) on Thursday, 21 April 2022, exactly 13 years since she arrived in South Africa from Nigeria. Many things contributed to this achievement, including the role that the church played in her life when her parents separated...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: Growing personally and professionally together has brought a sense of achievement into our lives – UP graduates the Molapos
Growing personally and professionally together has brought a sense of achievement into our lives – UP graduates the Molapos

Furthering their studies at the University of Pretoria (UP) was the best move they could have made for their careers, say Elizabeth and Jonas Molapo, a married couple who obtained their postgraduate qualifications from UP. For them, UP is recognised as one of the world’s top universities and offers a high quality of education...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: UP honours three cum laude master’s graduates for top-quality research in technology management
UP honours three cum laude master’s graduates for top-quality research in technology management

If South Africa invested in just one off-shore windfarm, it could generate enough electricity for almost half the African continent. And Sibusiso Nozakuzaku, who graduated with a Master’s in Project Management from the University of Pretoria (UP) on 20 May, has done a technical feasibility study...Read more

#UPGraduation2022: First black UP student to obtain PhD in Speech-Language Pathology
First black UP student to obtain PhD in Speech-Language Pathology

“Speech-language pathology requires one to be compassionate,” says PhD candidate Karabo Maleka, whose ongoing work in the field is driven by her desire to improve the quality of life of her patients...Read more

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