Awardees receive a gold
lapel pin, a UWC blazer and a plaque of recognition.
This plaque represents the
vision and mission of UWC within its African context, using the outline of the African continent to symbolise the role that our graduates should
play in bringing about hope and change in Africa through the knowledge they
acquired at UWC.
The design echoes the
concept of the African Renaissance, and the notion of African
cultural, scientific, and
The protea is a significant
part of the UWC coat of arms and can be seen on the pin, plaque and blazer. The
protea has symbolic meaning for the University as it is not only the national
symbol, it is also indigenous to the Western Cape.
Named after Proteus, the
son of the Greek God Poseidon who had the power of knowledge of all things past, present and future – and
could change his appearance to avoid trouble – the protea thus symbolises
wisdom, diversity, courage and transformation – the traits of an outstanding
student and alumnus.
Click Here for more on our Chancellor's Alumni Awardees for 2014.