Nearly 2 000 Nelson Mandela University graduands are set to be conferred their under- and postgraduate qualifications at the institution’s six summer graduation sessions this week.
These include more than 30 doctoral degrees and an honorary doctorate to be awarded to Dr Judy Dlamini – a medical doctor, MBA, Doctor of Business Leadership, Wits University Chancellor and one of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs.
Dr Dlamini, who practised as a medical doctor for several years before pursuing a business career, expressed her gratitude at being conferred her first ever honorary qualification.
“I am most grateful to Nelson Mandela University, the only university totally led by women,” she says.
“I have never received any honorary recognition, I worked for my doctorate and there is something especially significant to be awarded this honorary doctorate in Nelson Mandela’s centenary year.”
Dr Dlamini’s honorary doctorate award follows those of Dr Gcina Mhlophe, Prof Marina Xaba-Mokoena and Justice Mandisa Maya in April, which coincided with the inauguration of the institution’s first black African female Vice-Chancellor Prof Sibongile and Chancellor Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi.