SWAZILAND CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY HOSTS ITS FIRST GRAND GRADUATION
Published by Times of Swaziland
Saturday, July 28th 2018
By Stanley Khumalo
This sums up the historic journey achieved by D=Swaziland Christian University (SCU) as the institution hosted its first graduation ceremony. The event was held at Mavuso Exhibition, Trade and Sports Centre yesterday.
The delight exhibited by the University’s leadership, graduates and their families was evident to the over 2000 guests who filed up the main hall of the exhibition centre.
The event, which was an epitome of glitz and glamour, was graced by big players in the corporate industry and politicians. Amongst the guests were Former Speaker of the House of Assembly Themba Msibi, Minister of Public Service Owen Nxumalo, The Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Training Dr. Sibongile Mtshali and the executive leadership of the University.
The prominent figures and other well-wishers were there to wit ness the first 180 alumni of SCU.
The graduates were conferred with Bachelor Degrees in Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, Medical Laboratory Sciences and a Diploma in Radiography.
The Chancellor of the institution Professor Yoon awarded Diplomas and conferred Bachelor Degrees to the students after a number of activities that signalled the milestone achieved by the institution. First of the speeches delivered to the students were a welcome note by the Vice Chancellor Professor In Whan Kim, who reflected on the journey of the institution since 2010. He applauded the students who were graduating and also the staff of the institution who has stuck with them during trying times. His remarks would occasionally draw attention to the clapping of hands by the attendants. He further appreciated Professor Daniel Ncayiyane and Professor Isabel Zwane for paving the way and laying a strong graduation of the institute. Before concluding his speech, the Vice Chancellor read Jeremiah 29 verse 11 to the students. It reads: “F or I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This was followed by the Chancellor who narrated the history of the institution to the audience. In the intervals an orchestra entertained the guests with music. He then awarded Diplomas and conferred Bachelor’s Degrees to the graduates. While the graduates were being appreciated for their accomplishments, ululations and screams were heard from well-wishers and family members. The event was ended by a speech presented by the Minister of Education and Training, Dr Phineas Magagula, who made history by being the first guest speaker of the institution’s graduation. He applauded the institution on the milestone. He acknowledged that it was not an easy journey for the students and the Human resource of the institution as there were a number of challenges they experienced leading to the first graduation. The most notable challenge was the closure of the university last year. “I congratulate you as the Swaziland Christian University family for holding on in the midst of all that has gone on since the establishment of the institution.”
Dr Magagula acknowledged that the intentions of setting up the institution were noble until the experience the first challenge through the breaking up of the sole funders of the university. He said the fact that the main sponsor of the university decided to abandon the project was the recipe for disaster. “All mistakes that have happened in the painful history of the institution so far should not be repeated by any other institution in this country.” The Minister appealed to all concerned as he noted that the [people who suffered the most were innocent people. He further applauded His Majesty King Mswati III for his intervention towards the reopening of the institution after its temporary closure in 2017. “Bayethe Wena Waphakathi.” He noted that the first graduation of the institution became a reality through His Majesty’s wise and profound leadership and intervention. Dr Magagula said because of the concerted effort from all parties the 180 graduates will be cherishing their success.