The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will honour four outstanding citizens during graduation 2012. Nominated by various faculties, these four candidates will receive their honorary doctoral degrees during the afternoon ceremony on 18 April.
Activist and Bishop of the Ethiopian Episcopal Church, Reverend Malusi Mpumlwana is recognised by NMMU for his religious and political leadership and substantial contribution to democracy and community development. He will be awarded an honorary doctorate in Philosophy.
In recognition of her work on gender, science and innovation, and the integration of indigenous knowledge systems which has created ground-breaking shifts in traditional knowledge paradigms, educationalist Catherine Odora Hoppers will receive an honorary doctorate in education.
World-renowned paleoanthropologist, Phillip Tobias, will be honoured with a degree in Science in recognition of establishing South Africa as the “Cradle of Humankind”, for his devotion to humanity and raising the profile of Southern Africa and its people in Science and Society.
For his unique contribution to the empowerment of civil society to transform South African and international legal orders with a view to protecting human rights and addressing the challenges of global change, human rights activist and Executive Director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo will receive an honorary degree in Law.
The honorary doctorates will be awarded at the ceremony on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 at 2.30pm.