Grad mothers steal spotlight

Graduation season is upon us: the time of year when students who have survived their university years get to celebrate their hard-won rewards.

In recent years, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has made a name for itself for the expressive celebrations of graduates and their supporters. This year was no different.

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At UKZN, graduates own the stage. From those doing the vosho after being capped to some using the stage as a modelling ramp.

Not to mention those who break into traditional Zulu dance. You get it all from UKZN graduates — young people celebrating their triumph in the best way they know how.

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But, this week the video posted by the university on social media showing three mothers ululating, dancing and giving praise to their daughters after they had been capped, takes the cake.

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It left many on Twitter teary: it was an opportunity to identify with the joy expressed by those women, to empathise with the obstacles many black families, in particular, have to overcome to put their children through university.

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Bongekile Macupe
Bongekile Macupe is an education reporter at the Mail & Guardian.
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