PhDs Awarded Posthumously to Two Dedicated UKZN Students
Two UKZN students Dr Lilly Phiri and Dr Sophie Mahloane were awarded their PhDs posthumously during UKZN’s 2017 Graduation ceremonies.
“Framing Photography: An Analysis of Police-Student Interactions on Instagram during #FeesMustFall protests”, was the title of research done by Ms Husnaa Bayat, who graduated with a cum laude Bachelor of Arts Honours degree.
A semiotic analysis of the #FeesMustFall protest on Instagram during October 2015 resulted in a sub-editor at The Witness newspaper in Pietermaritzburg, Ms Nompumelelo Dlamuka, being awarded her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree cum laude.
It is an immense relief to finally graduate but there’s also an eagerness to produce more creative work, says Dr Michelle Stewart, a Digital Arts lecturer at the Centre for Visual Art in the School of Arts, who has been awarded her PhD.
Mr Mzwandile Makhanya graduated with a Masters of Arts cum laude for research in which he used the participatory mode of documentary film-making for knowledge exchange and empowerment, focusing on household food security in the uMgungundlovu district of KwaZulu-Natal.
‘This is a bittersweet time for me as my mother is no longer around to see these achievements. She passed away shortly after I graduated with my first degree.’ So said Mr Melusi Mntungwa after graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree.