Reigning Miss SA, Shudufhadzo Musida, graduated with a BA Honours in international relations from the University of Witwatersrand. And while South Africa is happy for her, there are many who are upset about the marketing strategy pulled by Wits.
Musida was the only student who was allowed to walk on stage after the virtual graduation and who got the opportunity to sit down with the vice-chancellor, while other graduates didn’t even have their names called out.
That felt like a slap in the face to many students because while Musida is Miss SA, she was also a student like the rest.
“People are upset about this, and rightfully so. All graduates put in the work and didn’t even get their names read out during the virtual graduation ceremony, but she gets special graduation. Yes, she is Miss SA, but she is a student like the rest. This smells of classism,” commented @MphoMoalamedi.
Musida shared her excitement over being a two-time graduate and meeting with the vice-chancellor, saying, “After my virtual graduation today, I had an interview opportunity with VC Prof Zeblon Vilakazi, and of course, I went in my grad attire. This pandemic has led to trying times and uncertainty for everyone. To all students who had to persevere even in the least ideal times, phambili. Congratulations to the class of 2020”.
Others raised their concerns on social media about how Wits handled the graduation:
“I’m still here trying to understand who thought Miss SA graduating on stage while others didn’t, was a good idea. I know we have bigger problems but?” commented @MpumzN.
Another Twitter user Tebogo Thothela said: “Prof Mamokgethi has been standing outside hooding whichever UCT students are available on the day of their graduation while Wits does crappy grad videos and PR stunts. Guys, they couldn’t even flight people’s names at least.”
Even those who watched the graduation on YouTube described it as a “sad” ceremony.
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