10 May 2022 Volume :10 Issue :16

Summa Cum Laude Graduate Celebrates Success

<em>Summa Cum Laude</em> Graduate Celebrates Success
Summa cum laude Bachelor of Commerce Accounting graduate, Mr Nathan Lutchmanan.

Mr Nathan Lutchmanan described graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting summa cum laude as the reward for his hard work and dedication.

The top achiever who earned 21 distinctions, seven Certificates of Merit and five Dean’s Commendations is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting as part of his goal of qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA).

‘This undergraduate degree is the first stepping-stone in achieving this goal and once I graduate with my postgraduate diploma, I am set to begin serving my three-year articles of internship at Ernst & Young,’ said Lutchmanan.

Matriculating with seven distinctions meant that Lutchmanan was spoilt for choice when it came to choosing a degree, but Accounting was his only choice.

‘My Accounting teacher advised me that I could never go wrong with an Accounting degree because of the many career options and doors it opens,’ he said.

While graduating at the top of his class is proof that Lutchmanan made the best choice, his academic journey was not without its challenges.

Apart from adapting to online learning, Lutchmanan’s biggest supporter, his grandmother passed away this year.

‘I am grateful for my parents’ support but my biggest cheerleader and role model was my grandmother. She always supported my dreams and watched me grow from the start of my academic journey,’ he said.

‘When I was studying too much, she would tell me to take a break and I’d do so just to spend more time with her. It is with the heaviest heart that I know I am graduating without her to physically witness the proudest moment of my life. However, I know that she is watching and cheering me on in spirit as I celebrate this momentous achievement, which I am dedicating to her - this one’s for you Ma!’

Words: Thandiwe Jumo

Photograph: Supplied

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