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Honorary doctorates reflect Wits’ values


Wits University recently conferred honorary doctorates on a group of outstanding people.

  • Professor Beric Skews, for his distinguished contributions to South African science and engineering
  • Patrice Motsepe, for his achievements in business and contributions to society
  • Professor Eddie Webster, for his scholarly contributions, commitment and advancement of democracy through labour activism and nurturing several generations of leading labour sociologists
  • Advocate Thuli Madonsela, in recognition of her steadfastness and integrity in seeking out corruption wherever it is to be found, in upholding the Constitution, and in defending our democracy  Advocate Thuli Madonsela receives an honorary LLD
  • Adrian Gore, for his entrepreneurialism and contribution to healthcare
  • Professor Harvey Dale, a leader in the field of nonprofit law
  • Stan Bergman, for his achievements in business, philanthropy and support for the arts and education

Distinguished engineer Dr Rodney Jones was the guest speaker at the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment’s graduation ceremony. He spoke about his passion for lifelong learning and the importance of joining a professional body to support one’s career development.

In this video, Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Adam Habib tells the uplifting story of Wits’ graduation achievements. “One of the most gratifying moments of serving as a vice-chancellor is to preside over graduation ceremonies, which signify the success of students, and acknowledge their efforts over cumulative years, with the support of their families, academics, donors and others. In the first graduation season for 2017, more than 5 000 students were capped, all of whom I have no doubt will make an impact on society.”