Its graduation season and social media is filled to the brim with proud graduation photos and stories. However these 5 inspirational graduation stories stood out more than most.
Khanyile played an integral role in the #FeesMustFall movement and was subsequently suspended for his actions.
The young activist was jailed for 6 months as well but still managed to graduate at the Durban University of Technology.
His supporters would have been buoyed by the news that he achieved his degree with a bachelor of technology in public management cum laude.
Stahler was abandoned as a baby by his parents as he was left at the side of a road in Johannesburg in 1999.
His adoptive parents then moved with Stahler to the US the following year.
The Door of Hope Baby Home took him in as an infant until he was adopted.
He recently wrote a letter of thanks to the Orphanage and informed them of his graduation.
Amenta’s graduation video has gone viral on social media.
He was paralysed and left in a coma after breaking his neck 3 years ago.
Incredibly, Amenta graduated at Florida International University and walked to get his diploma with the help of an exoskeleton.
Granny gets capped
Njabulo Ntombela graduated earlier this year at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
To everyone’s surprise he asked his great-grandmother to accompany him on stage as he collected his degree.
His great-grandmother raised him following the death of his parents and he wanted to use the opportunity to praise and honour her.
Gerbrandt Kotze’s mother, Amanda, collected a degree on her son’s behalf on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old earned a master of sciences degree but he had already passed away in June as a result of cancer.
Kotze passed away just 2 weeks prior to his parents being informed that he qualified to graduate.
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