How studying frog eggs enabled understanding of human facial deformities
A Wits alumna and renowned biologist shared how her international career started with unravelling 'ant songs' and scrutinising frog eggs.
Wits celebrates thousands of graduates this week
Wits honours two healthcare professionals who are changing the world for good.
A lack of peace and stability affects us all
“We are never defined by the conditions we face, no matter how challenging they may seem.”
Zakes Mda on Tarzanification, Wakandasation and African storification
Africans need to do more to counter the Africa imagined by America, says acclaimed novelist Zakes Mda.
Hunters and gatherers in Africa were the original scientists
The wilful lack of knowledge about ‘deep time’ African history must end, says Prof. Molefi Kete Asante, a giant in African studies.
Wits to honour novelist Zakes Mda and African American scholar Prof. Molefi Kete Asante
The July graduations are a triple celebration – honorary doctorates for giants in African literature and African studies, 152 PhDs and the Great Hall reopens.
A different dream for Wits teacher with cystic fibrosis
A journey that was almost thwarted just as the undergraduate degree was in the bag.
Wits Chancellor Dr Judy Dlamini graduates again
Respect for the profession created the need to do this qualification, says Dlamini.
Genocide, gender and the pursuit of justice
Navanethem ‘Navi’ Pillay already has 17 honorary degrees but “it’s always precious when you get it from home”, she says.
Restore accountability to the Legislature
Justice Moloto bemoans decade of ‘accountability inertia’ and asks graduates to contribute to people- driven democracy.
Wits honours conflict resolution luminary
Wits awards distinguished attorney and dispute resolution luminary Charles Nupen with honorary doctorate in law.
Dr Frene Ginwala remembers Wits
Struggle icon Dr Frene Ginwala recalls how Wits accelerated the global fight against apartheid.
Five luminaries to be honoured at #WitsGrads
Wits University is proud to announce the start of the April graduation season where 5 593 students will be capped between 19 and 29 April 2022.
In pursuit of the pink academic hood
A love for the bright pink graduation hood turned Wits Deputy Registrar into a Wits engineering alumna.
The proud Witsie moment
“Getting a degree from Wits brought a sense of pride,” says new staff graduate, Timothy Mudau.
How a staff bursary liberated potential
Campus Housing and Residence Life staff member funded by the Wits staff bursary earns master’s degree, which has enabled new career prospects.
Women trust health professionals more than law enforcement agencies
Wits University has conferred an honorary doctorate in literature on Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women.
Be global citizens with a democratic ethos
Harvard Professor Lawrence Bobo implores graduands to be inspiring leaders that strive for a more just, fair and promising world.
Wits Gold Medallist shares lessons on ladders of learning
Wits awarded a Gold Medal to John Teeger, President of the Board of Wits Fund Inc., an independent fundraising entity representing Wits in the USA.
How a Wits degree helped avert an HIV catastrophe
Wits awarded an honorary degree to Stavros Nicolaou of Aspen for his role in enabling access to antiretrovirals for HIV during the height of the pandemic.
Mlambo-Ngcuka, Appelbaum, Pharma and Wits champ to be honoured
Wits will recognise distinguished South Africans by awarding its prized Gold Medal and three honorary doctorates during its final graduations for 2019.
Academics, corporate executives, historians and doctors to speak at July grads
Wits will host phenomenal speakers at the second cluster of the Wits graduations, which start tomorrow, 9 July 2019 and conclude Friday, 12 July 2019.
From failing student to CEO
Wits alumnus, Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu shares his story of how his failures led to his success with graduates in the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering.
Success in science depends on women development
South Africa’s success in science depends on the intellectual development of women says Dr Brigalia Bam.
You have a voice, tell your story
“One of the tragedies of apartheid was to make many of us believe our experiences and stories were worthless.”
A love letter on death, memory and renewal
Wits SRC members were amongst graduands addressed by renowned author, Mandla Langa, who received an honorary doctorate in literature.
Writers, poets and activists to be honoured by Wits
The University of the Witwatersrand will bestow honorary doctorates on Brigalia Bam, Mandla Langa and Chris van Wyk during the March graduation season.
Welcome to the good fight
Poet, activist, academic and traditional healer, Prof. Mongane Wally Serote spoke at the Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony on 7 December.
Physicians are natural advocates of the poor
Patients are not “clients” and public healthcare is not “an industry” according to the recipient of the 2018 Gold Medal from Wits.
Compassion, humility, and advocacy as embodied by Nurse Albertina Sisulu
Prof. Lionel Green-Thompson is the Dean of the School of Medicine at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University.
Wits honours Baroness Valerie Amos with an honorary Doctorate in Literature
Baroness Amos has served a full career in public service in Britain and the UN, and served as a special advisor to the South African Human Rights Commission.
Justice Dikgang Moseneke receives honorary doctorate from Wits University
Moseneke appeals to businesses and professionals to adhere to ethical codes in society.
You don’t know what you don’t know
It is life-changing, say discipline experts, about a programme for lecturers.
A wish for the youth of our country
Advertising guru, Peter Vundla, wished his co-graduands "what they deserve" when addressing them after being awarded an honorary doctorate degree.
No freedom without dignity and equality
Justice Zak Yacoob reissues the call to uphold the Constitution and for universities to play a bigger role on this mission.
Surgeon says join Wits to see how transformation is done
Dr Thifheli Luvhengo told Faculty of Health Sciences graduates that they are the key to the future and that they are the product of the people around them.
Subtle signs of male dominance at universities remain
Professor Hlonipha Mokoena addresses graduands in Humanities.
Double grad celebration for Wits duo
Wits staff members Johannes Mogotsi and his wife, Elizabeth Mogotsi graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees during same graduation ceremony.
The lessons I learned
Professor Chika Sehoole shares his insights with graduates.
Do well. Do good. Do your job
"Doing your job means that when you start climbing the ladder, help others along their way," Advocate Michelle le Roux tells graduands.
Exit, voice and loyalty
“Go out and experiment, take risks, be an entrepreneur. Better still, be a social entrepreneur,” Professor Eddie Webster tells graduates.
The stakes are very high
“Take time to reflect on our experiences and to learn new skills that improve your ability to interpret and analyse the world,” Michael Sachs tells graduands.
Whither the Constitution?
Yasmin Carrim tells graduating students they must be equally apprehensive and excited about entering the legal profession.
Wits is in their blood
Hilary Joffe shares her family's remarkable connection to the University.
BCX CEO Russell speaks at grads
Biography: Ian Russell is a corporate leader who has spent decades in the boardrooms of major blue chip companies in South Africa.
Mining alumnus speaks at grads
Mark Burnett’s profile is intricately linked with geosciences, mining, the Witwatersrand, and this University.
People, the planet and leadership
An educator, an athletics coach, an author, a corporate and social leader, Wits alumnus Tony Frost speaks at graduation.
March 2018 Wits grads
Almost 5 000 students to be capped during the 2018 March graduation season.
Renowned clinician recognised
Internationally renowned paediatric bone health specialist and clinician, Professor John Pettifor, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater.
Live and work with integrity
Honorary doctorate awarded to stellar student who became an exception researcher and academic.
Honorary doctorate for ‘Mother Teresa of Alex’
Wits University bestowed an honorary doctorate on Marjorie Manganye for her selfless, lifelong dedication and service to the ill, frail and elderly.
Gearing up for a big future in community health
Wits University has awarded an honorary doctorate to Professor John Gear, who introduced the concept of primary health care at his Alma Mater in 1979.
Seek knowledge and wisdom
Mosa Mabuza, Wits alumnus and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Geosciences urges graduands to seek knowledge and wisdom.
Demanding jobs and being a student
Holding down three demanding roles or more is a reality for many of the students pursuing higher degrees.
Honour for a friend of South Africa
5 December is a historic day in South Africa and is associated with life events of major liberation leaders.
Skills, education and unity – not populism – is what South Africa needs right now
Investec CEO, Stephen Koseff, tells graduands that together, under the banner of a common purpose, there are no limits to what South Africa can achieve.
Be brave and have no regrets
Prof.Helen Rees, internationally renowned expert in HIV prevention, vaccines, and reproductive health urged graduands to be fearless and “do the right thing."
The courage under fire
Accomplished business leader, Jabulane Mabuza commended the Class of 2016 for their tenacious spirit in defying the odds.
Teaching SA history is rewarding
Teaching and researching South African history is a privilege and an obligation.
Be pioneers of African heritage restoration
Music icon Hugh Masekela tells graduands to "go out there and kick some booty’.
Invest in professional development
Distinguished engineer and author of Pyrosim software, Dr Rodney Jones, shared his passion for continued professional development with Witsies.
South Africans can make this a great country
The responsibility to make South Africa a great country lies with its people, not the politicians says business tycoon and philanthropist Patrice Motsepe.
A life servicing many generations
An honorary doctorate for seasoned activist and lecturer, Professor Eddie Webster, who pioneered the study of labour in South Africa.
Set goals for yourself
Humanities graduands encouraged to belief in themselves and to set goals for themselves.
Humanities: An utter responsibility to the world
"The world is presumed to be about power, and the humanities is about talking the truth power," says Professor Dilip Menon.
Upskilling teaching talent in higher education
Seven Wits staff members graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education [PGDipE(HE)] during the Faculty of Humanities graduation ceremony.
SA is still a much better country despite turmoil
SCA Justice Carole Lewis tells graduates that besieged as we are by bad news daily and by crisis in government, we tend to forget how bad the old days were.
Teachers are the unsung heroes of society
Wits School of Education praised for shaping future teachers and educators.
The world's problems are because of a lack of appropriate leaders
Former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, receives an honorary doctorate from Wits.
Listen carefully to those who disagree with you
Professor Harvey Dale from New York University receives an honorary doctorate from Wits University.
Former Wits Vice-Chancellor addresses Faculty of Science graduates
Prof. Loyiso Nongxa, former Vice-Chancellor of Wits today delivered the keynote address at the Faculty of Science graduation ceremony.
Wits awards entrepreneur Adrian Gore an honorary degree
Wits awarded alumnus, Adrian Gore, founder and CEO of Discovery Group, an honorary doctorate for his entrepreneurialism and contribution to healthcare.
Wits awards Gold Medal to SECTION27
Wits has awarded the University Gold Medal to SECTION27, a public interest law centre that works towards equality and social justice in South Africa.
Advance the science revolution
Professor Robin Crewe encouraged Science graduates to advance the science revolution and inspire upcoming scientists.
A Gold Medal for the Legal Resources Centre
The University awarded the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) a Gold Medal for its sterling contribution to society.
Health sciences key to reducing triggers of poverty
Receiving his honorary doctorate, Professor William Pick tells new doctors they have a much bigger role to play than keeping their patients healthy.
Reinvent yourself and remain relevant
Professor Cuthbert Musingwini urges graduands to continue learning and to remain relevant throughout their future careers.
Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals
Wits' Professor Peter Cooper urges graduates to make a difference in the health sector.
Out of tragedy comes change
Professor Beric Skews honoured for his distinguished contributions to South African science and engineering.
Beating anxiety with knowledge
Professor Crain Soudien urges graduands to use their education to overcome their fears.
The time for bosses is over
Enthusiastic young people should be given a chance, even if they don’t have the experience.
Madiba, Fidel and a dream of doctors
South African Cuban-trained doctors have graduated at Wits through an agreement forged by Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro in 1996.
The power of humanity
Professor George Ellis challenges graduands to value the humanity of all and make a difference in the lives of others.
Wits honours frog lover
Carruthers has built a remarkable career as a wildlife author and environmental consultant.
The most sacred currency: Life
Professor Glenda Gray tells Health Sciences graduates that medical history can be made in South Africa by doctors at Wits.
Legendary photographer awarded Honorary Doctorate
Santu Mofokeng documented life in South Africa and the struggle against Apartheid.
Black lines and blank spaces
Professor Anton Harber advised graduands of the Faculty of Humanities to choose their friends, battles, and enemies wisely.
Heywood gives graduates food for thought
Mark Heywood, one of South Africa’s most prominent social rights activists, posed important questions to graduates from the Faculty of Humanities.
A personal GPS on the path to significance
Isaac Shongwe's life lessons guides students to reaching beyond success.
Bring in the Jazz
Vuyo Jack, founder of Empowerdex, says SA needs a new breed of leadership.
Wits honours student inspires graduands
Successful people fail, they fail many times and they fail quickly, says Doug Anderson, speaker at a Humanities graduation ceremony on 31 March 2016.
Makgoba's challenge to Witsies, SA
The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, says South Africa has a new struggle that he wants people to join.
Brian Joffe receives honorary doctorate from Wits
Bidvest CEO and founder honoured for his contribution to business and society in South Africa.
The future lies in your hands
Various tools measuring the status of South African households show a steady increase in the education levels of the country.
The question is not where but what?
It is harder to resist this (moral) slippage than to go along with it.
This is where you will always belong
Andrew Forbes reminded graduands that their future success is also the success of the University.
Never, ever stop exploring
Lee Berger tells Science graduands that many more discoveries are out there waiting to be made.
Sustainability is instinctive in every culture
Proverb: We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
Embarking on an ethical journey
Professor Ames Dhai navigates graduands towards an ethical path.
Honorary Doctorate for James Khumalo
Honoray Doctorate in Music adds to Khumalo's long list of accolades.
Wits honours Sir Jack Zunz
Sir Jack Zunz has received an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Engineering.
Graduates should contribute to medical research
The opportunities as a medical graduate to contribute to nation building are second to none - Shabir Madhi.
The irony of humanity's success
The achievements of scientific and technological advances have raised ethical issues, creating an irony around these developments.
Dark clouds gathering
Tito Mboweni warns against inconsistent policies.
Volunteer your time - Hoffman
Dr Julien Hoffman receives honorary doctorate for his research, his clinical work and his teaching.
Education is the great equaliser
Former president, Kgalema Motlanthe, delivered the keynote address at a graduation ceremony where public servants graduated.
Doyen of black photographers
South Africa’s leading lensman, Peter Magubane, receives an honorary doctorate degree.
Your fall is not your fail
Education specialist, Professor Yusuf Sayed, addresses CLM graduates.
Flouting the Constitution a threat
Veteran journalist Raymond Louw receives honorary Doctor of Literature.
"Fail. And move on"
Professor Claudine Storbeck, founder of Deaf Education and the Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies, addresses graduates.
Digitech does not replace chalk
Professor Rehana Vally, Chair for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, addresses graduates.
Quick wins threaten sustainability
Sharon Lewis, a city development practitioner and Programme Manager for South Cape at the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, addresses graduates.
Invest in education, says NASA scientist
Dr Meyya Meyyappan, Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology NASA receives honorary Doctor of Science.
Read widely and challenge the world
Ivan Vladislavić, Distinguished Professor in Wits University’s Creative Writing Department, addresses graduates.
Ethics must drive Wits grads
Teaching is an act of courage
"Strive for good values than success"
Don’t pollute stream you drink from
You represent our future - Crouch
Four things to remember – O’Regan
Africa's whizzkid addresses graduates
"Be bold and resourceful" - Fuzile
The law is about justice
Dixon to address science graduates
Wits honours former head of UCT
Wits bonds everlasting but...
AIDS treatment champion recognised
Donning the red beret
Champion of heritage
Don’t trash institutions – Albie Sachs
How a farm led to real honesty
Professor Thokozani Majozi
Distinguished alumnus worthy recipient
Doctors must work closely with others
Kindness, social justice, courage
Four time graduate collects fifth degree
Humanities “like a marriage of infidelity”
Built environment bears two sides of responsibilities
Every day is a chance to effect change
Running and enjoying the civil engineering race
Lombard delivers a call to action
Joe Thloloe talks about depravity in South Africa
Gifts and what we do with them
Think yourself to a better state
"Embrace change, seize this moment"
Change, dreams and community
Read the NDP, Hollard CEO says
Human rights come first
Birds make huge contribution
Of vultures and safari's
Honorary doctorate for Hirschowitz
Gold medal for Robert Pullen
"Continue Mandela's legacy"
Newspaper designer honoured
Simple values the answer to world challenges
Honorary doctorate for Pius Langa
New Council Chair addresses graduation
Focus our sorrows on Mandela’s gift
Aspire to greatness, says Morris
One of 300 000 with commerce degrees
Leaders of tomorrow are today's partners
'Be a Bob Marley accountant'
Be a responsible elite
"Take ownership of your achievements"
Question authority in a respectful manner
Chipkin receives honorary doctorate
South Africa needs leaders
Habib delivers first graduation address
The world needs graduates from humanities
A Gold Medal for Prof. Naik
SKA Head receives honorary doctorate
Gourley receives honorary doctorate
Ahmed Kathrada receives honorary doctorate
Kathrada was awarded a Doctor of Literature (DLitt) degree during the annual December Graduation Ceremony.