Sep 4, 2023

Academic Procession 2023

Boland College proudly celebrated the achievements of the graduating class of 2022 during our first post-pandemic face-to-face Graduation Ceremony held at the Worcester Campus on 30 and 31 August 2023. The occasion was marked by inspirational speakers and the overwhelming joy of parents, guardians, and esteemed guests.

On 30 August, Boland College had the privilege of hosting Mr. Hein Wagner as the guest speaker. Mr. Wagner, blind since birth, stands as a testament to the indomitable human spirit. His list of accomplishments is nothing short of remarkable, including completing the Absa Cape Epic, running marathons in Antarctica, New York, and the Two Oceans, achieving a full Ironman and competing in the Cape to Rio Yacht Race. Moreover, he holds the World Blind Land Speed Record, clocking an impressive 322.52 km/h, and was recently honored with a golden key from the University of Stellenbosch for his unwavering commitment to social upliftment.

During his address, Mr. Wagner shared insights into his life journey, the challenges he conquered, and the importance of adopting a different perspective. His words resonated deeply with the graduates, leaving them with this powerful mantra: “If you can conceive it, fervently believe in it, and most importantly, act upon it, then, my friends, you can achieve it.”

On the 31st of August, Mr. Rumacques Gelderbloem, popularly known as Oxijin and recognized for his appearances on television shows like Pasella on SABC 2 and Klop! tv on kykNET en Kie, took the stage as the guest speaker. His words resonated deeply with the graduates, and his poem titled “We are Mountains” elicited goosebumps and a profound connection with the audience.

This year marked a significant milestone for the institution, as Boland College proudly celebrated the graduation of blind and visually impaired students. Embodying the core value of inclusivity, the college offered Braille programs to ensure that these graduates could fully participate in the graduation ceremony.

Beyond celebrating the achievements of students from all five campuses, it was especially inspiring to witness Boland College employees receiving their National N-Diplomas.

The Principal Mr. Charles Goodwin expressed his sentiments during his welcoming address, saying, “Boland College will always be your home, and we eagerly anticipate news of your future successes. Bid farewell to the familiar and embrace the excitement of the unknown. May your future be filled with abundant success and fulfillment.”

We are grateful for the invaluable support from our event sponsors – ABSA, SaydBuc, ATKV and Chint SA. Their partnership not only contributes to our students’ success but also to the advancement of education as a whole.

In closing, Boland College wishes to extend heartfelt congratulations to all the graduates, both those who attended the ceremony and those who received their qualifications in absentia. The college takes immense pride in your accomplishments.