Jamie and Rosemary Cripwell‚ a couple from Stellenbosch‚ toiled together to obtain their doctorates in the same week at Stellenbosch University’s March 2017 graduation.
Jamie received his doctorate in Chemical Engineering on Wednesday (15 March) at SU’s second graduation ceremony while Rosemary was awarded her PhD in Microbiology on Thursday (16 March).
Jamie and Rosemary’s PhDs are among the 140 new doctorates that will be awarded this week and‚ together with those awarded in December‚ it will bring the number of doctorates for the 2016 academic year to 278‚ in comparison with 2015’s 267‚ the university said in a statement.
“It is great that we are receiving our doctorates in the same week. This was also one of the reasons we decided to complete them at the same time. We helped and mutually inspired each other‚” says Jamie.
He speaks highly of his wife Rosemary who he says encouraged him to do his doctorate.
“Initially a PhD wasn’t part of my plans‚ but Rosemary inspired me to start.”
Originally from Johannesburg‚ the couple met at the University of the Witwatersrand. They also did their Master’s degrees together.
Jamie will do post-doctoral research at SU and says he plans to publish two articles on his PhD in addition to the two that has already been published.
“It was not easy and was frustrating at times‚” Rosemary admits‚ “but we supported each other all the time.”
Rosemary says it was good to tackle their PhD-studies in this three-year goal they have set out for it together.
“We inspired each other and exchanged ideas all the time. It was good to do this with someone who knows me as a student and as a person.”
- Times Live
PHOTO: Jamie and Rosemary Cripwell‚ a couple from Stellenbosch‚ toiled together to obtain their doctorates in the same week at Stellenbosch University’s March 2017