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UWC’s Chancellor’s Dinner and Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony serves to honour some of our most deserving alumni.​


 About the Award

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 economic renewal.

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.​

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