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HKE celebrates 2015 Graduands

Date Released: Fri, 10 April 2015 09:46 +0200

At the celebratory cocktail function, head of department Dr Candice Christie had this message for graduands: “Graduating from university is a major life accomplishment and you should be proud. It is even more exciting if you see this as a stepping stone towards even greater successes in the years ahead. You are laying the foundation for a better life for you and your family and, by extension, for others you encounter. The entire Rhodes and HKE community joins me in celebrating your new beginning.

Your journey to this point may have seemed daunting as you coped with rigorous HKE course loads, dealt with financial challenges or faced other worries that sometimes put your graduation in doubt. Through it all, you remained faithful to your goal—a symbol of your determination and the value you place on your education.

Today, you join extraordinary HKE alumni who have entered the world with a sense of purpose in pursuit of careers, professions and education. You face a tough marketplace and inevitable obstacles, but you are prepared to lead with excellence. We have every confidence that just as you have overcome numerous hurdles to be where you are now, you will make your way through the challenges of the day. We expect no less from you.

As you graduate, promise yourself that you will commit to truth and service as your compass and that you will serve the world with distinction. We trust you will recognize that true greatness resides in sincere service to others. Never forget to reach out and give back. Keep alive your connections with HKE and Rhodes University and the knowledge that you are part of a great heritage. We are proud to congratulate you as you complete this defining milestone.”

Cocktail party at the department

Ms Miriam Mattison (staff), Sandra Remsing (BSc Hons), Mr Andrew Todd (staff), Nadia-Jasmine Schmidtke (BSc Hons)


All in all, 28 candidates received Bachelor degrees this yearwith HKE as a major subject – all the best to each candidate.

HKE Candidates who received a Bachelor degree with distinction in HKE:

Anja de Lange * with distinction in HKE

Shannon Proctor * with distinction in HKE


HKE Candidates who received an Honours degree:

Ethan Berndt

Dusty Zeisberger

Sandra Remsing * with distinction

Nadia-Jasmine Schmidtke * with distinction

Samantha Parsons

Zandile Hoyi

Megan Findlay

Travis Steenekamp

Luke Goodenough

Steven Souter


HKE candidates who received a Masters degree:

Elizabeth Bassey-Duke * with distinction (supervised by Ms Miriam Mattison) Thesis: An ergonomics intervention study into the physiological, perceptual and productivity effects of three citrus harvesting bag designs in the Eastern Cape of South Africa: A combined laboratory and field approach

Tendayi Tichiwanhuyi (supervised by Dr Swantje Zschernack) Thesis: The acute impact of extended aerobic exercise on cognitive performance


Ms Miriam Mattison, Tendayi Tichiwanhuyi and Tendayi's proud mother - pictured at the department shortly before Tendayi received his Masters degree