Commemorating a Century of Excellence - UFH to cap more than 2600 graduands during Autumn Graduation

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More than 2600 graduands are set to cross the graduation stage during the upcoming University of Fort Hare (UFH) Autumn Graduation in April. This year's graduation holds profound significance, marking the centenary since the University's inaugural graduation in 1924, a pivotal moment in the institution's storied history that saw the esteemed Prof ZK Matthews and Edwin Ncwana become the University’s first graduates.

As UFH prepares to celebrate this momentous occasion, the University community reflects on the legacy of ZK Matthews and the countless individuals who have walked the halls of this esteemed institution over the past century. From its humble beginnings to its current status as a leading academic institution, UFH has remained steadfast in its commitment to excellence.

A total of nine graduation celebration ceremonies will be held from 22-26 April at the Alice Sports Complex where the following qualifications will be conferred to graduands across the University’s six faculties:

2215 - Undergraduate Certificates Diplomas and Degrees

405 - Postgraduate Degrees

The youngest graduand to be capped this season is 20-year-old Ms Owam Ngqondo who will be collecting her Bachelor of Agriculture (Economics) degree.

At age 68, Mr Pumelelo Vani who will be graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and Training is our most senior graduate.

Also crossing the stage will be the first cohort of students of the Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology programme.

Commenting on the upcoming graduation, the Acting Deputy Registrar, Mr Actor Katurura said the Academic Administration Unit within the Registrar’s Division are particularly elated and feel quite honored to be playing a central role in seeing to the delivery of the University’s Autumn Graduation ceremonies this year.

“This alma mater to many thousands over the years has truly come of age, with some families, especially in the black community, now seeing third or even fourth-generation graduates coming through to join the great pantheon of alumni stretching back a hundred years to that doyen of African scholars and activists, Professor ZK Matthews.”

Mr Katurura assured that preparations are well underway to deliver a ceremony that truly reflects that the institution has come of age and one which will also serve as a harbinger of even greater milestones ahead.  

“There is no doubt that the University, in line with its motto “Together in Excellence” and its vision “to be a distinctive African University, advancing excellence and innovation in research, teaching, learning, administration and social engagement”, will continue to produce illustrious alumni in all fields of human endeavour as it has done this past 100 years.”

For many, this graduation holds special significance, representing not only the culmination of years of hard work and dedication but also a tribute to the pioneering spirit of ZK Matthews and those who paved the way for future generations.

Congratulations to all our Graduands.