Uncontained excitement filled the Feather Market Hall on Thursday, 14 April as The Varsity College class of 2015 graduates were honoured and celebrated by staff, lecturers, family and friends at their graduation ceremony. Special guest, Nola Payne, Head of Faculty for Information Communications Technology from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) took to the stage to cap all the eager graduates.
Among those who graduated on Thursday were Candice Olivier (The IIE Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management) and Luyolo Nqakula (The IIE Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications).
Luyolo was part of the winning team at the annual Varsity College School Quiz hosted by the Port Elizabeth campus in 2011 while Candice was the recipient of the 2012 Schools Quiz bursary.
The Varsity College annual Schools Quiz is hosted and sponsored by all eight Varsity College campuses for high schools based in their communities. Algoa FM is Varsity College Port Elizabeth’s School Quiz partner. As part of the prizes in 2011 and 2012, the winning schools were each given a bursary to the value of R80 000 to award to a deserving Grade 12 pupil of their choice. These bursaries are usually awarded by the school based on academic merit and financial need.
When asked how they went about receiving the bursary, Candice said: “Students were given the opportunity of a lifetime to apply for the bursary by writing an essay why we deserved to receive the bursary and how it would change our lives. They announced the winner at the 2012 valedictory where I was awarded this incredible life-changing bursary.”
Luyolo also shared his experience: “During my first year at Varsity College, I had an opportunity to apply for the Varsity College bursary which the school won during the Schools Quiz in 2012. There were four of us who applied. My high school principal, Mr Hopley, then informed me that I was selected because of my overall performance”.
“This bursary has given me so many opportunities that I thought I would never have. Financially I wouldn’t have been able to study but thanks to this blessing I was able to study what I have always wanted, which was a three year The IIE Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management. I am truly thankful to Varsity College and Victoria Park High School for this opportunity. They have allowed for my dreams to come true and have opened so many doors for me.” says Candice.
Since having completed her final exams in November 2015, Candice has been employed at Rennies Travel as a Financial Refunds Clerk.
As part of the graduation ceremony, the top graduates with the highest overall average in each of The IIE qualifications were awarded the Top Achiever Award in recognition of all academic achievements. Recipients of this amazing award were only announced during the graduation ceremony with Candice Olivier being the Top Achiever for her class graduating with an amazing overall average of 87% and 25 distinctions.
Top Achievers from the other courses included: Khanyisile Juliet Tiki (IIE Higher Certificate in Information Technology in Support Services), Reniel Wesley (IIE Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practices), Nicole Ann Assumption (IIE Higher Certificate in Events Management), Gaynor Sharon Jordon (Diploma in Business Management and Entrepreneurship), Jade Lee-Anne Blignaut (Diploma in Public Relations), Alveno Dillian Douglas (IIE Diploma in Commerce in Marketing Management), Waldo Kapp (IIE Diploma in Sport Development and Management), Marc Clyde Burgess (IIE Diploma in Information Technology in Software Development), Funeka Gloria Soga (IIE Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications) and Andisa Tyala (Bachelor of Commerce).
Varsity College is very proud of all their graduates and wishes them every success as they start the next chapter of their lives.