Student Excellence Awards Ignite Passion for Success
In pursuit of innovation and inclusive growth, the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal revived the culture of learning through hosting yet another Student Excellence Awards ceremony recently.
Over 450 students were awarded the Dean’s Commendations or Merit certificates or both. The top four performing students were Ms Preshantha Govender, Ms Beliada Athaliah Chetty and Ms Priyodhini Moodley who received the Dean’s special award while Ms Denosha Mungal was the top student for the 2016 academic year.
Other students were recognised for their sterling work in Mathematics and Computer Science, Science and Technology, Education Studies, Social Sciences, Language and Arts.
Advanced Certificates in Education and National Professional Diplomas in Education (ACE/NPDE), Postgraduate Certificates in Education (Honours and Masters) were also presented.
The Dean and Head of the School of Education, Professor Thabo Msibi was proud of the achievements of the students saying, ‘The awards ceremony recognises the hard work and effort put in by both undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School.’
Proceedings commenced with Ms Marie Van Wyk (Programme Director) greeting the audience, Professor Msibi providing a warm welcome and the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College, Professor Stephen Mutula addressing the gallery.
Sounds of angelic music graced the atmosphere as the choir added an extra dose of excitement. The awardees expressed their heartfelt thanks. Govender said, ‘The excellence evening is definitely a highlight as it feels great to be acknowledged for the hard work I’ve put into my studies.’
Chetty added, ‘To all students be passionate about your career choice. Embrace your challenges because they will push you to become a better person. Find strength in your passions and use that to push yourself when the going gets tough. Keep working towards your goal. When you look back, you’ll be proud of the progress you’ve made. I am confident you will continue to succeed in life. Keep up the good work.’
Moodley said, ‘There have been many highlights in my studies but those that stand out the most is becoming a member of the golden key honour society as well as receiving numerous awards for my academic achievements. Also a great highlight is developing those special relationships with my lecturers and being involved in the many co-curricular activities organised by the wonderful Maths Department.’
Words: Ziphezinhle Silindile Biyela
Photographs: Simon Gazu