Press Ombudsman Joe Thloloe will receiving an honorary doctorate at the 2011 Rhodes University Graduation, university spokesperson Ashley Stander said on Wednesday.
Thloloe was one of six luminaries selected to receive the doctorate, she said.
The others were: Lillian Cingo, advocate George Bizos, Dr Basil Moore, Herbert Kretzmer and Dr Tariq Ali.
Stander said the university’s graduation ceremonies started on March 7 and would continue until April 9. They were being held at the National Monument in Grahamstown.
She said Thloloe was expected to address the faculty of commerce on the final day.
“Rhodes graduates will benefit from listening to such influential speakers this year, hopefully inspiring them to make great strides towards the development of our country and the global community,” said Stander.
She said the awarding of honorary doctorates was decided by a committee consisting of council, senate and student representative council members.
She said all the candidates had significantly contributed to their fields and it was their notable strides in these areas which had inspired their nomination. — Sapa