Revolutionary Greetings Graduates
Education is a right and not a gift. On behalf of the Student Representative Council (SRC) we congratulate you on your success. A great achievement under very difficult times in our country. You do our generation proud.
We must acknowledge the collective efforts that brought us here. We applaud our University management for arranging this online celebration and acknowledgement due to the dangerous COVID-19 and the restrictions to observe health and safety.
We must thank our parents and guardians and communities that helped us get here. Our country is still in the midst of the triple challenge of inequality, poverty, unemployment. So when a day like today happens, it is indeed a moment of great celebration, cause there are many others outside the UKZN community still fighting for access to higher education. You are each fortunate to be here. But you have also worked hard to succeed. Doors will open but what you do when you get inside is what counts.
As a student body, we often look to graduation as the day that signals the beginning of a new journey, and a platform that showers blessings on a cohort of future leaders who will contribute meaningfully to the well-being of our country.
Throughout your stay we have held hands with you to engage with management to create an environment that offers everyone who walks through these doors an equal opportunity. We must acknowledge their efforts and response to go beyond the education and research mandate and leave the door open for continuous engagements. In our democracy, engagement is important – it allows for outcomes that lead to events like today. We stand together today to celebrate you.
Those after you will look to you to lead. Take the torch of success and make it burn bright so that you use your educational achievement as a tool for change. A tool to make a difference. Your story is a story of inspiration and hope. Given the challenge of the pandemic, poverty, death and destruction – we need hope to take us to the other-side.
Power to each of you for having burnt the midnight oil so to speak. For some of us it would have been smooth sailing and for others a mountain to climb. But whatever the challenge all of you have achieved success.
Congratulations! Aluta Continua!
UKZN SRC President