Qualification Ceremony: Johannesburg, Gauteng. SANTS’ Academic Executive Director, Professor Ina Joubert constituted the congregation this morning. The address by a student was delivered by Ms Nombuso Sthandiwe Nxumalo. It reads as follow:
Distinguished guests, parents, teachers, students, Ladies and Gentlemen
It gives me great pleasure to stand in front of you here today to share and celebrate this joyous and memorable occasion with you.
Firstly I would like to congratulate all the graduates who have successfully gone through the ups and downs as they pursued this qualification. Congratulations to you all!!!
We wouldn’t be here without our support system. So I would also like to take this opportunity to thank SANTS and our families and friends for being here today to witness this beautiful day and for standing with us through all the hard work that we are witnessing and celebrating today.
The journey was never easy but finally, we made it with the help of Jehovah God, he who makes everything possible for mankind because without him we wouldn’t even be here today. This day reminds me of the late Nelson Mandela who said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done”. In our first year, most of us never thought we would make it, the road seemed so tough especially when we saw our fellow students quitting, but hey, here we are, reaping the greatness that we sow. This is proof that you can absolutely achieve anything in life if you work hard and put your mind to it and have a support system in place. You’ve been sowing for the past 3 years, there were hard times when you felt like giving up, but you never allowed that to defeat you because you’ve always kept your eyes on the prize and now you are reaping the fruits of your hard work.
As Grade R teachers we are tasked with laying a foundation for future generations and this educational journey we have taken really shows our desire to see South Africa as a better country, not just in education but society as a whole. I hope that with this qualification, we will go out there and contribute towards building a better South Africa for all. I want to encourage every graduate here today, to use this qualification as a stepping stone for better things and to constantly strive to improve your qualifications.
As I conclude, I hope this is not the end but the beginning for us as lifelong learners. I know some of you are searching for jobs, some of you are already in the field, some of you have decided to further your studies. I pray God will walk with you in whatever space you are in, at the moment. I wish you all the best and may you continue being great. Go out there and change the world!
Furthermore, Ms Nxumalo was awarded the overall best performing student in Gauteng in the programme. This ceremony concluded the qualification ceremony cycle for this semester. 342 student teachers graduated the past week across South Africa.