Finishing what you started is noble and inspiring, even more so if the path to success had many obstacles. This is what makes graduation special. The MANCOSA Class of ‘22 had more challenges than what one could wish for one’s worst enemy: Covid 19 pandemic, riots and looting, lockdowns, load shedding, a shrinking economy and new virtual teaching and learning approaches. In compliance with Covid 19 restrictions, there were no physical graduations for the past two years. During the month of May this year, 22 electrifying sessions were held in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Even though graduations are tiring and require meticulous planning, the decision to have physical graduations (still with basic Covid 19 protocols) was warmly received and quickly actioned by staff. The following factors made the ceremonies extremely joyous:
- They were filled with ululations and spontaneous singing and dancing.
- MANCOSA allowed the classes of 2020 and 2021 to ‘walk the stage’ even though they had already been awarded their respective certificates. This gesture was truly appreciated by these graduates and their families.
- Two of the ceremonies boasted MANCOSA’s first two Doctor of Business Administration graduates, Dr Emmanuel Jengwa and Dr Patricia Ndlovu, who were capped at the Durban and Johannesburg ceremonies respectively. This was historic. Both Dr Ndlovu and Dr Jengwa got standing ovations and spontaneous shouts of “Siyeza!” and/or “We are coming!” from fellow students who were obviously showing unbridled inspiration by the two. Sadly, the founder of the institution, the late Professor Yusuf Karodia was not there to witness MANCOSA’s crowning moment.
- For the first time MANCOSA awarded certificates, diplomas and degrees spanning the entire range of higher education NQF levels, that is, NQF level 5 up to 10.
- New, colourful MANCOSA ceremonial graduation gowns for the procession were unveiled and they received great reviews.
- The new celebratory MANCOSA graduation song, “Halala,” ushered the procession in and out of the hall. It has a catchy beat and an indigenous touch, with the words that resonate with both the MANCOSA vision and the tag line, namely: ‘Dream it, we will take you there.’ The audience warmed up to the song.