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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Summa Cum Laude success for Marco

TOP OF THE CLASS: Marco Moolman, 25, has obtained his ND: Public Management Summa Cum Laude despite having a permanent job and undergoing two medical operations this year. TOP OF THE CLASS: Marco Moolman, 25, has obtained his ND: Public Management Summa Cum Laude despite having a permanent job and undergoing two medical operations this year. Photo: Aphiwe Boyce

A part-time student graduated Summa Cum Laude on Tuesday evening despite juggling his studies and a permanent job and undergoing two operations this year.

 

Marco Moolman, 25, is ecstatic about obtaining his ND: Public Management Summa Cum Laude and so is his family.

 

Marco achieved a 90% aggregate in 24 subjects over three years of study. 

 

He says he only realised halfway through this year that he was heading towards a Summa Cum Laude with his academic excellence after a classmate alerted him to the fact. This realisation propelled him to pursue this milestone even more.

 

He attributes his success to pure sacrifice which manifested itself in sleepless nights and lots of hard work. He adds that without the lecturers’ continued support he could not have achieved his success. “I had to stay focused, they say focus on one course until you are successful,” says the tenacious Marco.

 

The former Premier’s Advancement of Youth Programme intern adds that he derived his enthusiasm for his studies from enjoying the subjects offered which saw him giving 100% attendance in class. “I was constantly engaging all my lecturers and the environment was conducive for success.”

 

“I am of the opinion that CPUT should serve real people’s needs and I can indeed confirm that this was indeed the case, as I am living proof – being a young working student.”

 

He says that his father, Stiaan, is a source of his passion and drive for his studies. “He has been my rock and everything, I did it for him.”

 

One of the motives for his academic success is to climb the corporate ladder in his job as a Records Management and Registry Clerk of the Western Cape Liquor Authority, a job he has been doing for the last four years.

 

This year was particularly challenging for Marco as he had two operations and yet he maintained his 80% to 90% average of the past three years.

 

“The extraordinary part of Marco’s story is his that he truly was a unique brilliant hardworking student who did not allow any lecturer to proceed with a lecture unless he completely understood,” says lecturer Althea Whitaker.

 

“Marco was the quizzical student in the class. He took copious notes as you spoke. He would message and ask if he did not make sense of a lecture.”

 

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.

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