Gnaws at my mind still. Perhaps it is roughly
Saying what God alone could perfectly show –
How selfhood begins with a walking away,
And love is proved in the letting go.’
- Day Lewis
This last stanza of the poem, ‘Walking away’ aptly describes the atmosphere at the recently held Grade 12 Scholar Graduation ceremony. The 44 graduating Scholars were part of 5354 Grade 6 learners who applied for the Scholarship opportunity in 2009. They join a community of 70 other Scholars who have graduated from the programme since 2012.
This ceremony marked a significant milestone in the lives of the Class of 2015, offering them the opportunity to pause and enjoy their achievements before stepping up to their next challenge of achieving Higher Education success.
The Class of 2015 completed the programme successfully and received Bachelor passes in their Grade 12 examinations, amassing 133 distinctions in the process. We commend all Scholars for a job well done. Five Scholars who obtained distinctions in all their subjects deserve special mention:
|Name||Placement School||# Distinctions|
|1. Bathandwa Mbadlanyana||Selborne College||7|
|2. Joshua Knipe||Bishops Diocesan College||8|
|3. Sheik Toorabally||Bishops Diocesan College||7|
|4. Tristan Brandt||Selborne College||7|
|5. Ziyandiswa Mvelase||Pietermaritzburg Girls||7|
91% of the Class of 2015 will be pursuing their studies at various tertiary institutions across South Africa in 2016, while 28% of them will be transitioning into the Fellowship Programme. We are confident that even more graduates will become Candidate Allan Gray Fellows in their first year of university.
The guest speakers at the event all commended the Scholars’ success thus far and gave advice and encouragement for achieving their future goals. Seema Dala, a member of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Board of Trustees, encouraged them to become architects of their destiny, using what they have learned during the Scholarship Programme as a springboard for future success. Sabelwa Matikinca, a former Scholar and currently a Year Experience (4th year) Candidate Allan Gray Fellow, urged them to pursue their passion courageously and unapologetically and to never give up because there would always be somebody watching and drawing inspiration from them. Lesedi Kgaka, an Allan Gray Fellow, warned them of distractions that would deter them from their goals and shared practical advice for flexing their entrepreneurial muscles.
The four Scholars who spoke on behalf of their graduating class, Karabo Shai, Tristan Brandt, Thabang Mokoena and Vuyolwethu Mahlangeni, expressed a sense of feeling empowered and great gratitude for the strong bonds of friendship they had developed over the last five years and vowed to take these into the next phase of their lives.