By Harriet Box
The University of the Western Cape will confer an Honourary Doctorate on Fr Alan Michael Lapsley this morning.
Fr Michael Lapsley has long been associated with UWC, and as director of the Institute of Healing Memories (IHOM), was also instrumental in organizing the First Annual Healing of Memories Lecture, Restoring Humanity by Ela Gandhi at UWC.
Fr Lapsley’s life and achievements are a living reflection of the values, attributes and virtues, which is aligned to UWC institutional aims in being both an example and a metaphor for community engagement and transformation through institutional practice.
During UWC’s Autumn Graduation week from 5th to 13th of April 2017, the University will celebrate 4205 graduates in 7 Faculties – including 50 Doctoral Degrees, 203 Masters Degrees, 635 Honours Degrees, 2599 Undergraduate Degrees, 349 Diplomas and 369 Certificates.
UWC Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Tyrone Pretorius said he was proud to be able to join the graduating students for such a joyous occasion.
“For us as an institution these ceremonies, more than any other occasion, graduation represents the most visible evidence of our successes and achievements,” he said.
Pretorius said education in its broadest sense, is both a public and a private good: education must produce well-rounded individuals who not only excel in their field of expertise, but are socially conscious individuals with the urge to contribute to the development of humanity.
“Your graduation is the culmination of many years of hard work and sacrifice,” he said. “Cherish the moment and celebrate your achievements – and continue to make us proud as you design the next chapter of your life.”