On August 31, 2023, The CREATES-FNS  celebrated the 9th commencement of a new chapter in the academic journey of seven outstanding individuals. Among this accomplished group, three students achieved the remarkable milestone of earning their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, while four others successfully attained their Master of Science (MSc) degrees. This momentous occasion unfolded during the 9th Graduation Ceremony of the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST).