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Graduation Information

The next graduation season will commence on 03 May 2021 (please see Faculty specific dates below, these are subject to change).

A draft graduation booklet (VERSION 2) has been published on 02 April 2021 (CLICK HERE) and potential graduates will need to ensure they comply with all requirements to be part of the final graduation. A finalised booklet will be published on 19 April (15h00).

The graduation ceremonies will be conducted virtually.

3 May 2021 - Arts and Humanities
4 May 2021 - Community and Health Sciences, Dentistry and Law
5 May 2021 - Natural Sciences and Education
6 May 2021 - Economic and Management Sciences

CLICK HERE for the PROVISIONAL GRADUATION LIST published on 02 APRIL 2021 (final version to be published on 19 April 2021).

Should your name not appear on the list please contact or your Faculty if your promotion outcome is not finalised (A finalised booklet will be published on 19 April 2021, students who have not submitted their theses and/or signed an AoD by the 01 April and 07 April 2021 respectively, will be not appear in  the finalised booklet).

Doctoral and Masters students are asked to also check the last 2 pages of the list if they have not submitted their theses as yet (these must be submitted to the library and approved by no later than 1 April 2021). Those students that have served at Higher Degrees committees recently and still need to submit their theses to the library must do so by no later than 1 April 2021.


If you have fees outstanding regardless of the type of bursar/funder (even if on NSFAS) or if you already have a payment arrangement in place, you must contact SCM in order to remain part of the graduation and sign an AoD by no later than 7 April 2021.

If you fall within the categories below you must sign an AoD by no later than 7 April 2021:

  • awaiting any funding settlements
  • awaiting NSFAS settlements
  • have a persal arrangement in place
  • have an existing arrangement previously made with Student Credit Management

The graduate must contact Student Credit Management by no later than 7 April 2021.  Please email to make arrangements for the graduation processes. This is only applicable to South African citizens.
If you intend to settle your account, payment has to reflect on your student account no later than 10 April 2021.

Signing an AoD means you will receive an officials letter of completion with a graduation date and have the degree conferred upon you.  It allows you to be part of the graduation and receive your certificate once your fees have been settled in full. 
Should you not sign an AoD you will not be part of this graduation and even if your fees are settled in full later, you will need to wait for the next graduation to be a part of that one and receive a certificate then only. 
All international students are required to pay the full tuition and residence fees upfront, every year prior to registration. If you intend to settle your account, payment has to reflect on your student account no later than 10 April 2021.






Please find the Collect or Courier Degree Certificate - December 2020 link below.


Graduates will be able to access a recording of the conferral which will take place on 18 December 2020, via the University website from 10h00. The Chancellor will confer the degrees, diplomas and certificates to all those that will appear on the booklet.

All those who completed their programmes in 2020 and would have been part of the August 2020 graduation.
Masters and PhD students who have submitted their final and corrected thesis to the library, which has also been approved by their supervisor, by no later than 27 November 2020.
Students who have no outstanding fees, loan items, or who have signed an acknowledgement of debt for graduation by no later than 25 November 2020.

Degree Certificates will be available for collection from the Main Gate on 18 December 2020 from 12:00 - 15h00 and on every business day thereafter until 22 December (12h00 - 15h00). If a graduate cannot collect their certificate they may request it to be couriered to them and this will be done from 11 January 2021.

Electronic certificates will be emailed to graduates from 19-22 December 2020.

Graduates who have signed an Acknowledgement of Debt and are graduating with fees outstanding will not receive a certificate but a letter of completion instead. Once all fees have been settled you may contact the Graduations Office to obtain your certificate.

Please find the Collect or Courier Degree Certificate - December 2020 link below.

Please bring along your ID, Passport or Drivers License for verification.


Please note that an error in the awarding of a degree, diploma or certificate, or in the level of distinction achieved, does not give the candidate/student the right to the associated pass mark or the award of said certificate, diploma or degree.

For any queries, please email