The media is invited to this year’s 7th WSU Annual Graduation Ceremonies taking place from Monday, 7 May until Saturday, 12 May 2012 where over 15,000 students, guests and parents are expected to attend.
It also gives us great pleasure to announce that our esteemed WSU Chancellor, Dr Brigalia Ntombemhlope Bam is set to attend all eight graduation ceremonies to cap over 4,000 graduands.
WSU Administrator, Professor Lourens van Staden will also be giving a brief overview of the turnaround strategy currently underway at the university.
The first ceremony will be held on Monday May 7 at 8:30am at the Abbotsford Christian Centre in East London for the Faculty of Business, Management Sciences and Law. This session will also see the institution capping world-renowned Johannesburg-born photographer Dr Peter Magubane with an honorary doctorate.
For his bravery, self-sacrifice and insatiable appetite for exposing the injustices of the Apartheid government, and his ongoing contribution to South African media over the past 50 years, a Degree in Journalism (Honoris Causa) will be conferred upon Dr Magubane.
Dr Magubane is also a guest-speaker at the proceedings.
At the same venue on Tuesday May 8 from 8:30 am, 500 graduates from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology and the Faculty of Business, Management Sciences and Law (Accounting programmes) will be capped.
Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Mcebisi Jonas will be the guest speaker.
The ceremony then moves on to the Butterworth Campus on Wednesday May 9 where graduates from the Faculty of Business, Management Sciences and Law and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology will be capped, followed by the graduation ceremony for 450 graduates from the Faculty of Education in the afternoon session beginning at 1:30pm.
Eastern Cape Development Corporation CEO Sithembele Mase will be speaking at the morning session, while Border Kei Chamber of Business Executive Director Les Holbrook will be speaking during the afternoon session.
Thursday May 10 at 08:30 will see graduates from the Faculty of Education being capped during the morning session. Guest-speaker Patricia Lulama Makhobo, SABC Group CEO will address the audience.
Friday May 11 will signify the change of venue from Butterworth to the Mthatha Campus’ Nelson Mandela Drive Site where 1 650 students are expected to graduate.
600 graduates from the Faculty of Business, Management Sciences and Law will be capped during the Friday morning session. Businessman Dr Monde Tabata will be the guest speaker at the ceremony.
This will then be followed by an afternoon session where 400 graduates from the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology will be capped.
Medical Practitioner, Professor Alex Nganwa- Bagumah will be speaking at the ceremony.
The event culminates with the capping of 650 graduates from the Faculty of Education on Saturday May 12. This day will also see the Degree of Doctor of Education in Music Education(Honoris Causa) being conferred upon Jazz legend Jonas Gwangwa for his contribution to the development and promotion of African arts and culture and, in particular his passionate commitment to engendering jazz music as a genre through his unique originality and creative abilities.
Gwangwa will also be guest-speaker.
Special mention is made of Masters, Honours and Doctorates recipients:
FACULTY OF BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT SCIENCES AND LAW
Dr Peter Magubane: Degree of Doctor of Journalism
HONOURS BACHELOR OF ADMINISTRATION
HONOURS BACHELOR OF COMMERCE
FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
“THE INTEGRATION OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES INTO PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AT KING SABATA DALINDYEBO MUNICIPALITY CLINICS”
Supervisor: Prof B Longo-Mbeza
Co-Supervisor: Mr MI Malema
“THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIO-CULTURAL CHARACTERISTIC ON THE PROFILE OF KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES ABOUT HIV/AIDS AMONG HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AT THE NELSON MANDELA ACADEMIC HOSPITAL IN MTHATHA”
Supervisor: Prof B Longo-Mbeza
Co-Supervisor: Mr MI Malema
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK
NDHLOVU Zanele Benedict
“ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF HIV-AIDS WORKPLACE PROGRAMME IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS OF MOUNT FLETCHER IN THE EASTERN CAPE”
Supervisors: Prof XT Maluleke
Co-Supervisor: Prof NP Mbandazayo
NYIKANA Kwezi Jerome
“INVESTIGATING FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE DISENGAGEMENT OF NON – CUSTODIAL FATHERS AFTER DIVORCE IN THE KING SABATA DALINDYEBO LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN THE EASTERN CAPE”.
Supervisor: Prof NP Mbandazayo
HONOURS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOCHEMISTRY
POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CHEMICAL PATHOLOGY
FACULTY OF EDUCATION
Mr Jonas Musa Gwangwa: Degree of Doctor of Education (Honoris Causa)
DOCTOR OF EDUCATION
“THE EFFECT OF A GUIDED ENQUIRY BASED LEARNING APPROACH ON MECHANICAL ENGINEERING STUDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF THERMODYNAMICS”
Field of Research: TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
Supervisor: Professor KJ Mammen
“AN EVALUATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY’S TEACHING PRACTICE AS A CONTEXT FOR STUDENT TEACHERS’ COMPETENCE DEVELOPMENT”
Field of Research: TEACHER EDUCATION
Supervisor: Professor R Cireshe
MASTER OF EDUCATION
BOADZORobert Mawuli Kwasi
“INVESTIGATING INTO THE FACTORS MILITATING AGAINST THE PERFORMANCE OF GRADE12 BUSINESS STUDIES LEARNERS IN THE MTHATHA DISTRICT OF THE EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA”
Supervisors: Dr D Gumbi
Dr NAP Boadou
“THE ROLE OF SCHOOL MANAGERS IN PROMOTING TEACHING DISCIPLINE: A CASE STUDY OF SELECTED JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL IN THE QUMBU DISTRICT IN THE EASTEN CAPE PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA”
Supervisor: Dr NAP Boadou
“AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE READING STRATEGIES EMPLOYED BY GRADE 9 LEARNERS AT JAMES KOBI JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL IMPLICATION FOR TEACHING READING”
Supervisor: Dr PM Cekiso
“MISCONCEPTIONS IN ELECTROSTATICS AMONG LEARNERS AT UNIVERSITY ENTRY POINT: A SOUTH AFRICAN CASE STUDY”
Supervisors: Prof KJ Mammen
Dr M Chirwa
“AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE EFFECTIVENESS OF METHODS EMPLOYED BY ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE EDUCATION AT SELECTED SCHOOLS IN LIBODE”
Supervisors: Dr MP Cekiso
Co-Supervisor: Prof T Chisanga
“A STUDY OF GRADE 9 LEARNERS’ UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOLUTIONS TO LINEAR EQUATIONS IN ONE VARIABLE: A CASE STUDY OF TWO JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE NGCOBO DISTRICT”
Supervisor: Dr JM Molepo
“AN INVESTIGATION INTO FACTORS AFFECTING READING PERFORMANCE OF GRADE 6 LEARNERS IN TWO SELECTED SCHOOLS IN THE MALUTI DISTRICT”
Supervisor: Prof JM Jadezweni
“CHALLENGES FACED BY THE EASTERN CAPE FET COLLEGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL CERTIFICATE (VOCATIONAL) PROGRAMMES”
Supervisors: Dr CD Mantlana
Co-Supervisor: Dr EN Cishe
HONOURS BACHELOR OF EDUCATION
HONOURS BACHELOR ARTS
FACULTY OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
MASTER OF SCIENCE
DOHYAMANJOA Emily Matike
“PHYSICO-CHEMISTRY, MINERALOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY OF CLAYEY SOILS USED TRADITIONALLY FOR COSMETIC PURPOSES IN OLIVER REGINALD (OR) TAMBO DISTRICT, EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA”
Supervisors: Prof GE Ekosse
Co-Supervisor: Dr V M Ngole
“MOHAIR AND WOOL FIBRE SURFACE STRUCTURE AND LUSTRE DETERMINATION”
Supervisor: Prof S Chikwembani
Co-Supervisor: Prof L Hunter
HONOURS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
MBANDE Zukiswa Coceka Chemistry
MTATI Nosiseko Botany
NAIR Arjunan Mathematics
NAIR Geetha Mathematics
PONCANA Esihle Sqamo Geography