Mom gets master’s degree of son who died of cancer before graduating

Mom gets master’s degree of son who died of cancer before graduating

- Amanda Kotze's son, Gerbrandt Kotze, succumbed to cancer in June this year

- He had been studying for a Master's degree at Stellenbosch University

- The university informed her that Gerbrandt had passed his thesis and she'll collect his degree later today

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A Western Cape mom is set to collect her late son's master's degree from the University of Stellenbosch later today.

Amanda Kotze's son, Gerbrandt Kotze, succumbed to colon cancer in June this year, News24 reports.

Just two weeks after his passing, the university informed the family that he had passed his MSc thesis. It will therefore award the degree posthumously.

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Gerbrandt was studying chemistry with a particular focus on nanoparticles, Briefly.co.za gathered. He was 26 years old at the time of his passing.

Amanda recalled how her son was:

He was so determined. It was very important to him to finish his master's. He knew what he wanted in life.
We trusted God for a miracle. But it's happening differently to what we expected. He cared about people and he had a beautiful heart. He was just a lekker mens.

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Gerbrandt shared his journey of battling cancer in a video posted on Shofar Paarl's Facebook page last year.

He said he was first diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2016. He wanted to be a science teacher once he completed his studies.

His family plans to celebrate his master's degree with a special gathering after the university's graduation ceremony.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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