Married couple graduate with PhD degrees on same day, makes history

Married couple graduate with PhD degrees on same day, makes history

- Drs Wouter and Louzanne Bam made history at the Stellenbosch University

- They became the first married couple to graduate with PhD degrees in engineering at the same graduation ceremony

- The married couple is set to graduate on Monday, 9 December, with their doctorates

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On Monday, the Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Engineering took to Facebook to share the story of Drs Louzanne and Wouter Bam.

The Bams made history at the varsity when they became the first married couple of obtain doctorate degrees in engineering at the same graduation ceremony.

The hubby and wife received their PhD degrees on 9 December. Dr Louzanne Bam focused her study on creativity, the faculty reported.

“A few years ago, I attended a talk on creativity at the SU Business School and this stimulated my interest in the subject even further. I reflected in-depth on the importance of creativity in the work of engineers. I pursued it further in my research, and the most noteworthy finding from my study was that team creativity can lead to collective unethical behaviour if the team members experience increased levels of stress," she was quoted.
Married couple graduate with PhD degrees on same day, makes history

Drs Louzanne and Wouter Bam will be the first married couple to receive their PhD degrees in Engineering at the same graduation ceremony. Photo credit: Louzanne Bam/Facebook.
Source: Facebook

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Social media users congratulated the couple on their achievements as husband and wife, but also on their individual academic achievements.

Anna van Vuuren commented:

"Congrats. This is a wonderful achievement, hard work pays off in the end!"

Louise Carelse wrote:

"Congratulations guys. You both are amazing."

Briefly.co.za previously reported on another couple who graduated together. Social media was abuzz after a picture of a young couple graduating from NWU Mafikeng campus went viral.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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