By Matshidiso Makhalanyane Approximately 3 500 student from University of the Free State attended the graduation ceremony for their hard work earned over the past three to five years with the University.   Others describe their graduation day as one of the most important days of their lives at it proves that they mean business. It proves that whatever they put their mind to, works out through hard work and determination.   One of the students who worked hard in their studies is Trevor Shaku. He is Media Studies graduate who completed his post graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) during the first round of graduation for the year at University of the Free State. Shaku learned the hard way when his father, the sole provider was retrenched from the De Beers Cullinan diamond mine, North East of Pretoria in 2006. He was a farm labourer and his family survived on maize, grains and other foods from the farm.   When he got accepted at the University, Shaku`s mother borrowed money from family and friends in order to pay for his registration fee, accommodation etc.   He was later on funded by National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) which also helped him stay in the University.   ”Once inside the University, you begin to learn that there`s more knowledge that one needs to accumulate. So it becomes an inspiration for future goals.”   The 22-year old graduate decided to pursue his PGCE diploma because he would like to be History or English teacher one day.   Photo courtesy of: Bloemfontein Courant

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