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JM Coetzee and Ahmed Kathrada to Receive Honorary Doctorates from Wits University

Alert! The University of the Witwatersrand has announced that it will bestow honorary Doctor of Literature degrees on Nobel prize laureate JM Coetzee and struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada at their December graduations next week. A Doctor of Science in Engineering degree will also be awarded to Prof David Glasser.

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To receive his doctorate, Coetzee, who now resides in Australia, will make a rare public appearance in South Africa – and of course Books LIVE will be in attendance. He will be presented with the doctorate on Monday 10 December at 10:00 AM in the Wits Great Hall, Braamfontein Campus. Kathrada will receive his doctorate on Tuesday 11 December at 15:00 PM and Glasser will accept his at 10:00 AM on Wednesday the 12th.

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Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada and Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee will receive honorary doctorates from Wits University next week.

Kathrada, who was jailed alongside former president Nelson Mandela, will be awarded a Doctor of Literature degree on Tuesday at 3pm, Wits University said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Wits University will be conferring honorary doctorates on renowned author and Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee on Monday. Struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada will also be awarded an Honorary Doctorate next Tuesday as part of the University’s annual December graduations.

Coetzee, a double recipient of the Booker prize and the 2003 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, will be awarded a Doctor of Literature (DLitt) degree on Monday, 10 December 2012 at 10:00 in the Wits Great Hall, Braamfontein Campus. The media is invited to attend but must RSVP by 10:00 on Friday, 7 December 2012.

Katharada, who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela and the other Rivonia trialists, spent 26 years and three months in prison on Robben Island and in Pollsmoor Prison. He will be conferred with a Doctor of Literature degree on Tuesday, 11 December 2012, at 15:00 in the Wits Great Hall.

Wits will also be conferring a Doctor of Science in Engineering degree on Prof. David Glasser, who joined Wits in 1964 and later became the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Glasser will receive his honorary doctorate on Wednesday, 12 December 2012, at 10:00 in the Wits Great Hall.

Mr Stuart Morris, a Wits alumnus, has served the University for an uninterrupted 16 years as a member of the University Council and other various subcommittees. His tenure has come to an end but he will continue to support the University in his role as Chairman of the Board of the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. Morris has been awarded a University Gold Medal for his service and will receive the medal on Tuesday, 11 December 2012, at 10:00 in the Wits Great Hall.

Eusebius McKaiser, radio personality, author and a fellow of the Wits Centre for Ethics, will deliver the keynote address at a graduation ceremony on Monday afternoon at 15:00 in the Wits Great Hall.


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Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    December 7th, 2012 @09:33 #

    Books LIVE will be livetweeting Coetzee's address - tune in at @BooksLIVESA!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sophy</a>
    December 7th, 2012 @12:17 #

    Interesting. I wonder what Coetzee would say about his address being reduced to 140 character-long bursts.


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