20 students with disabilities graduate

SHARE   |   Monday, 14 September 2015   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Kgetse Kgetse

Limkokwing held a graduation ceremony on Friday in which of the 1379 students that were graduating 20 are living with disabilities. The university has made history by releasing the highest number of students with disabilities. Of the 20 that are living with disabilities eight graduates are of the 10 beneficiaries of the Office of the President of the Republic of Botswana Tan Sri Paduka Limkokwing's People Living with Disabilities scholarship. The university awarded the scholarship to the office of the president in 2009. Limkokwing Regional Director, Corporate and Media Relations Mercy Thebe said as the university they are very proud with the group of students who persevered through all the challenges they faced with their disabilities. She said the support of the university and the use of specialised equipment is what enabled them to get to the finish line and graduate with a solid tertiary credential. “During their academic journey with Limkokwing the special group of students were able to learn what their peers were learning through the assistance, care and dedication of our staff,” she said. She revealed that they have specialised equipment such as braille user, talking calculators, large font user, computer installed zoom text, sara reader, CCTV and ruby magnifier just to name a few.

One of the virtually impaired students who graduated from the university with an Associate Degree in Broadcasting, Radio and Television expressed her enlightenment with the qualification that she just got. She said with the qualification from Limkokwing she feels empowered to be able to do anything that she sets herself to do. Kgetse said even though there is now light at the end of the tunnel it was not an easy journey at all for her and her mates but they managed to have success. Kgetse said she believed in herself but above all Limkokwing equipped her with knowledge and skills that she is very sure they will benefit her in the future as she starts a new page in life. She reminisced on the trips that she used to take with some of the university students to go and participate in other countries where she said she is very proud of the school that takes consideration of people with disabilities. “The university has upgraded my creativity and innovation and I am ready to conquer the world be it on radio or television,” Kgetse said. She recognised being enrolled in the university as the best thing that ever happened to her and a great pleasure and opportunity.

The theme of this year's graduation was ‘the future is in your hands’, in which in the words of the university it underscores the capabilities and mindsets that the university have fostered in graduating their students. Thebe said the words are meant to inspire as well as define the calibre and mind set of their graduating class which is highly skilled, highly adaptive, highly competitive and highly enterprising tech savvy creative thinkers. Of the 1379 students 28 students were presented with awards of excellence. Seven students were awarded with Tan Sri Limkokwing award for academic excellence which is an award given to students who have scored the highest GPA per faculty. 15 students were awarded the Tan Sri Limkokwing awarded for leadership which recognises students who have displayed leadership qualities while the last one was the Tan Sri Limkowing award for creativity and innovation which is awarded to students who have shown academic ability and professionalism in executing works of distinctive merit that are highly recognised by the creative industry. The awards are meant to recognise the best students who have made special contributions to the university where they are elected for their participation in occasions on or off campus. Minister of Education, Skills and Development Unity Dow advised the students that with the global learning experience that they have they are equipped with a successful future career. She said as the country they look forward to their unique contribution.  



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