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Large numbers of first-year students and their parents poured onto Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s six campuses for the official 2017 Welcoming Ceremony early today.

The event in the Indoor Sports Centre was live-streamed into packed venues across all campuses in Port Elizabeth and George, before the University’s seven faculties hosted their own meet and greet sessions.

In his sobering address to first years, NMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz highlighted the challenges and opportunities in a changing world and encouraged students to endeavour to be solution-seeking graduates.

He also made it quite clear that the University would not tolerate violence in any form.

“Violence is unacceptable. It is unconstitutional. NMMU will not tolerate the violating of the rights of others,” said Prof Swartz, adding that the University would use the legal route should anyone try to stop students from coming to class.    

“You cannot have transformation if you have anarchy.”

He also committed the University to transformation so that it was more equal, inclusive and diverse.

·         A full report on the VC’s speech will be shared shortly.

·         For photographs of the event go to our Intake2017 site.

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Mrs Debbie Derry
Deputy Director: Communication
Tel: 041 504 3057