- A stunning BCom Industrial Psychology student, Sonke Nkwane, should have had her graduation but the lockdown prohibited it
- She was disappointmed but decided to take matters into her own hands
- Nkwane hosted her own graduation ceremony and she did it in style
The lockdown has upset normal routines for people and led to the cancellation of special events, including weddings and graduation ceremonies.
One young woman, Sonke Nkwane, looked forward to graduating with her BCom (Business & Commerce) degree in Industrial Psychology at the University of South Africa (Unisa).
“Before the advent of the Covid-19 crisis my loved ones and I greatly looked forward to celebrating this milestone,” she said.
However, with the lockdown regulations and government's attempts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, universities across the country cancelled their graduation ceremonies.
“In my mind’s eye I could already see myself walking across the stage in the ZK Matthews Hall to collect my certificate. Imagine, then, my disappointment when I learnt that this was not to be. I felt as if I needed closure to understand that I am now closing this chapter of my life, so I can continue with other things.”
Nkwane decided not to let Covid-19 steal a special moment in her life and although her graduation might not have been as she envisioned, she got her ceremony.
Taking to Twitter, Nkwane revealed she hosted her own graduation and did it in style.
On 31 March, she wrote online:
"So yesterday I decided to wake up, do my make-up, dress up, take pics and celebrate. I graduated myself at home, seeing that #UNISA cancelled I told myself no corona formed against me shall prosper. Degreed. BCom Industrial Psychology. Second belt in the bag."
Now, the inspiring young woman is focusing on her future. Nkwane, who is also a self-taught artist and beauty salon owner, hopes to help companies manage employee relations.
Unisa journalist Lesego Ravhudzulo reported Nkwane wants organisations to improve workplace morale and employee satisfaction and use her "expertise to assist with the hiring and promotion of employees".
She also plans on pursuing her master’s degree in the next five years.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on another inspiring young woman. At the age of 26, Rozanne Fouché is doing her matric after overcoming several struggles in life.
Her story inspired thousands online and South Africans applauded her dedication and hard work.
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