Varsity Youth in Action Network, a student organisation on the Edgewood campus, took to social media to honour graduands following the cancellation of UKZN’s April Graduation ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A joyful poster dedicated to students across the country who could not attend graduation ceremonies was posted on the organisation’s Facebook page. It was very well-received, reaching around 73 000 people.
In his message, Chairperson of Varsity Youth in Action, Mr Nhlanhla Dube commented: ‘Graduation is not the end, but the beginning. We congratulate all graduates. This has not been an easy ride, but you made it to the finish line and that is what matters most. We wish you well in your future endeavours.’ He encouraged graduates to not let the COVID-19 pandemic kill their spirit, because, ‘beyond this valley there shall be redemption.’
Co-founder, Mr Lebohang Mathobela said: ‘As much as graduation ceremonies are significant, they do not validate a person’s success. Students should celebrate and cherish their academic accomplishments without any feelings of regret as they have earned them, and nothing can take that away from them. We encourage all students, University staff members and the wider community to adhere to the government regulations. Take good care of yourself; we shall meet again in the near future when the storm is over.’