WATCH: University students hold street graduation in Durban
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DURBAN - UNIVERSITY graduates marched from King Dinuzulu Park to the Durban City Hall in their graduation gowns on Saturday to celebrate their graduation.
The march was aimed at giving some of the graduates a “real feeling” of graduating.
The students were from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban University of Technology and Mangosuthu University of Technology.
Minenhle Goge, one of the organisers, said she thought of the idea because people had been attending virtual graduations.
“I posted the idea on my social media, and the response I got was positive. I gathered with other students and we did the necessary procedures and obtained permission from the authorities to hold the march,” she said.
Goge said people who graduated in 2020 and 2021 did not get the real feel of wearing their gowns and taking pictures with their loved ones because of the Covid-19 regulations.
“Graduation is such an important event in one’s life. The one thing that any student looks forward to is their graduation day, so we just wanted to provide that for ourselves and our fellow graduates,” she said.
She said the street graduation was independently planned by the students with the help of the Student Representative Council (SRC). Approximately 100 graduates showed up, mostly from UKZN.
UKZN SRC president Siyabonga Nkambako said the street graduation was a success, and posed a challenge for the government.
“If young people can bring Durban to a standstill to portray what education means to them, then nothing can stop the government from supporting them. We are calling for the government to start taking post-grads seriously and support them financially,” he said.