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This is where you will always belong

- Wits University

Andrew Forbes reminded graduands that their future success is also the success of the University.

The Distinguished Professor in the School of Physics addressed the Faculty of Science graduation ceremony in the Great Hall today, 23 March 2016. He told graduands that while they are graduating from this University, you can never leave Wits.

“Our success and your success are now entangled, intertwined. People judging you in the future and looking at what you have achieved, will be looking at us (the University) too. Everything we do will reflect on your status because this is where you come from and this is where you will always belong,” he said.

In congratulating the graduands, Forbes reminded them that greatness comes from within and is not dependent on one’s external environment. “Try to be brilliant at something. And try not to follow the crowd and to worry about the environment you find yourself in,” he added.

About Professor Andrew Forbes:

A former Chief Researcher and Research Group Leader of Mathematical Optics at the CSIR National Laser Centre, Forbes joined Wits in 2015 as part of the University’s Distinguished Professor programme. He has since established a new Structured Light Lab in the School of Physics.

He is active in promoting photonics in South Africa and is a founding member of the Photonics Initiative of South Africa, a Fellow of SPIE, and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.