Reaching for the stars: Student honoured with highest pass rate at graduation

Reaching for the stars: Student honoured with highest pass rate at graduation

- Warren Naidoo recently graduated from the KwaZulu-Natal University with his honours in science

- He did so well, he received the highest pass rate- summa cum laude

- However, the young man said his journey was not without struggle and he had to overcome a lot of challenges

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It’s graduation season and South Africans are proving just what they’re capable of. A 22-year-old man from Lusaka, an RDP settlement in Moorton proved everything is possible through hard work.

Warren Naidoo recently received his Honours in Bachelor of Science, and not only did he graduate, he did it by obtaining the highest possible distinction- summa cum laude.

However, the road leading to Naidoo’s success was far from perfect. The 22-year-old explained for a large part of his life both his parents were unemployed.

Naidoo said his parents sacrificed a lot to ensure he and his brother went to school and succeeded.

“The perseverance of my father to ensure he did everything he could to put us through school, which included selling goods such as steel wool on the streets of Chatsworth, gave me extra motivation and strength to succeed.”, he added.

Naidoo said parents often fail their children in the times we live in today, which was why his parents inspired him through the lengths they went for their children to succeed.

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The summa cum laude graduate said choosing a career was another struggle he had because people discouraged him from pursuing his chosen field.

“Many people told me early on in life that I should not waste my time with this field and to do something else. For a long time, I had wondered if a career like astronomy was possible for someone like me in this community and country but now I have realised that it is more than possible,” said Naidoo.

Naidoo said the idea that it was not only possible to understand how the universe works, but how and where it may have come from has captivated him from a very young age.

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