Close to 550 degrees were awarded to graduates by Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Education on Tuesday, 5 December. This number included eight PhD candidates.
Among the graduates was Aimée van Reenen, the recipient of the Faculty of Education's Dean's Bursary.
“I'm very excited about begin a graduate. I worked hard for four years and I'm looking forward to start teaching and enriching children's lives," she said.
Charl du Toit, Paralympian and World Champion in the T37 class, who won two gold and one silver medal at the World Para Athletics Champs in London in July, received his BEd Honours degree.
Another graduate was MK Nompumza, who was recently awarded a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to individuals that reflect a commitment to the principles of education, reconciliation, leadership and entrepreneurship for postgraduate study at South African universities or tertiary institutions.
MK was “so, so happy" about receiving his BEd degree and will pursue an honours degree in Education Development and Democracy in 2018.
Two Chancellor's awards were awarded to staff in the Faculty.
With some 200 publications from his pen, distinguished professor Lesley le Grange is the most productive researcher in the history of the Department of Curriculum Studies. His innovative work in the field of curricula and teaching makes him instrumental in the University's pursuit of excellence through ongoing curriculum renewal.
Dr Trevor van Louw's outstanding work as director of the Stellenbosch University Centre for Pedagogy (SUNCEP) mirrors his personal conviction that education is key to development and liberation. Under his capable leadership, SUNCEP has established a solid national footprint in the field of educational development. The Centre's two university preparation programmes SciMathUS and HOPE@Maties offer learners an opportunity to improve their Grade 12 marks and turn their dream of accessing higher education into reality.