Mother and son, Dr Loretta Mkhonta and Sizwe Hlophe graduated at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s recent graduation ceremonies. Loretta, who obtained a PhD in education, and Sizwe who achieved a bachelor of social sciences, were both ecstatic to be sharing the moment together, each dedicating their degree to the other.
Loretta, director of an international child care non-government organisation in Swaziland, wept tears of joy and pride when her son received his results. ‘I am a very happy parent right now. It was a long and difficult road for Sizwe to get to this point. It has been an exciting time for our family because we were preparing for two graduations. It has been surreal. The joy of finishing this long journey is indescribable.’