IMPORTANT UPDATE: GRADUATION TO TAKE PLACE ON 14 DECEMBER 2023 (in light of the public holiday announcement by the President).Graduation will no longer take place on 15 December 2023 but has been shifted to 14 December 2023.
CLICK HERE for the GRADUATION LIST (published on 01 Dec 2023)
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ONLY SELECT PROGRAMMES WILL BE PART OF THE DECEMBER GRADUATION (For students who will be completing in the upcoming Year-end assessments)
|ARTS AND HUMANITIES||Masters and Doctoral|
|COMMUNITY AND HEALTH SCIENCES||Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Science Dietetics, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, Masters and Doctoral|
|DENTISTRY||Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Oral Health, Masters and Doctoral|
|ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES||Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, Masters and Doctoral|
|EDUCATION||Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Masters and Doctoral|
|LAW||Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters and Doctoral|
|NATURAL SCIENCES||Masters and Doctoral|
There will be 2 ceremonies on the day which will begin promptly at 09h30 and 14h30 respectively (times for the programmes above will be communicated on 28 November 2023).
- Graduands and guests arriving after the commencement of a ceremony, even with admission tickets, may be denied access to the venue.
- Graduands and their guests must be seated in the venue at least 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony.
Students who have completed their studies must consult this website for regular updates. Please view the tabs below for graduating with fees outstanding (symbolically), graduation attire, photographs and tickets.
TICKETS: Graduands will receive 3 tickets in total (1 ticket for the graduand and 2 guest tickets). Doctoral graduands will receive 4 guest tickets. Tickets will be emailed to graduands via their student email 2 days before the graduation ceremony. Graduands to check their inbox/spam folders for a link to access their tickets, or log in on Webtickets.co.za using student email address or student gmail account.
Please note, that if you will not be attending your graduation ceremony your tickets may not be sold or transferred to another graduand or guest. Instances where graduands have bought additional tickets or been given tickets by another graduand may find access to the ceremony for these additional tickets denied.
GRADUATION ATTIRE: The University's preferred supplier of academic attire is House of Graduates and you can contact them via http://houseofgraduates.co.za/. CLICK HERE for an updated price list.
GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPHY: The University's preferred vendor for the December 2023 Graduation ceremonies is NICKAY. CLICK HERE to view information and to place orders online.
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IMPORTANT: The University's preferred vendor for the September 2023 Graduation ceremonies is NICKAY. CLICK HERE to view information and to place orders online.
The University's preferred vendor for the April 2023 Graduation ceremonies was GORDON HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHIC. CLICK HERE to download the information flyer and to place orders online.
To ensure that you are added to the finalised graduation list, you will need to ensure the following:
Academic programme completion: It is essential that you meet all the academic requirements for your degree programme. This includes successfully completing your coursework, exams, and any other degree requirements. You will be notified of your inclusion based on academic completion on 25 November 2023.
Outstanding Fees: In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, you must have cleared any outstanding fees by 17 November 2023. Please review your account and make sure all financial obligations are met. See details on the tab below 'GRADUATING WITH FEES OUTSTANDING', this relates to any studnet with outstanding fess regardless of having a current payment arrangement in place, including persal arrangements, or awaiting other funding settlements (from your bursar/funder, including NSFAS).
Should you not adhere to the processes above you will not be part of the upcoming ceremony and no late requests or submissions will be accepted.
Masters and Doctoral students must submit their final corrected theses to the Library by 13 November 2023, to be part of the graduation ceremony.
Graduates (with no fees outstanding) will have an electronic copy of their certificate emailed to them on the day of the graduation and will be able to collect or request for their certificates to be couriered to them (see tab below for more information).
Graduates (with no fees outstanding) will have an electronic copy of their academic transcript emailed to them on the day of the graduation.
All graduates will receive an official completion letter (electronically) that will be signed and stamped and indicate the:
- qualification obtained,
- medium of instruction,
- conduct of the graduate, and
- date degree conferred
Graduates with fees outstanding (even with payment arrangements in place or Acknowledgements of Debt signed) will only receive an electronic copy of their completion letter. They will not be issued with a certificate (electronic or hard copy) or academic transcript until the required fees have been settled.
TICKETS: Graduands will receive 2 guest tickets (Doctoral graduands will receive 4 guest tickets). Tickets will be emailed to graduands via their student email 2 days before the graduation ceremony.
LOCAL STUDENTS (SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENTS ONLY)
In order to make the necessary financial arrangements for your graduation and take part in a SYMBOLIC GRADUATION, regardless of having a current payment arrangement in place, including persal arrangements, or awaiting other funding settlements (from your bursar/funder, including NSFAS), you, as the graduate, must contact Student Credit Management via the Graduation Clearance Portal https://studentdebt.uwc.ac.za/ to sign an “Acknowledgement of Debt” (AOD) from 06-17 November 2023 (no extensions or late submissions will be accepted).
If you fall within the categories below you must sign a Graduation AoD:
- awaiting any funding settlements
- awaiting NSFAS settlements
- have a persal arrangement in place
- have an existing arrangement previously made with Student Credit Management
A symbolic graduation implies that you will be permitted to participate in the ceremony and your name will appear in the graduation booklet and during the ceremony, however, you will not receive a graduation certificate nor a transcript until your outstanding debt has been settled. You will however receive a formal letter of completion with your graduation date. The AOD must be finalised via the Graduation Clearance Portal https://studentdebt.uwc.ac.za/ no later than 17 November 2023. Failure to finalise by the deadline will result in your name being removed from the graduation list and you will not be able to receive your certificate until you have been part of a graduation ceremony. If, however, your intention is to settle your account, payment MUST reflect on your student account no later than 17 November 2023.
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.
If you have any queries please call 021 959 3558 without delay to make the necessary financial arrangements for graduation. PLEASE NOTE: This is only applicable to South African citizens.
Students who are not South African citizens are required to pay the full tuition and residence fees upfront, every year prior to registration and are not eligible to complete a Graduation Acknowledgement of Debt form. If you intend to settle your account, payment must reflect on your student account by no later than 17 November 2023.
Due to administrative processes associated with Graduation, please be advised that the Examinations and Graduations Office will have no choice but to remove candidates who have not met the requirements by the prescribed deadline. No exceptions will be accommodated.
If a graduate cannot attend the ceremony or collect their certificate they may request it to be couriered to them by clicking here.
Please note certificates are only issued to graduates who have settled all their University fees.
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 (emailed to the graduate). Once all fees have been settled you may contact the Graduations Office to obtain your certificate. Letters of completion will be emailed to all students there is no need to collect these from campus.
IMPORTANT: Graduates who have not signed a Graduation AoD and are not part of a ceremony, you cannot receive a certificate (even if all fees are settled at a later stage) until you have been part of an official graduation. This means that if you are removed from this graduation, you will need to wait until the next one and only then can you receive a certificate. You can however, still obtain a letter of completion by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- An electronic copy of your certificate (if you have no fees outstanding. A payment arrangement or AoD does not qualify one for a certificate)
- A letter of completion (all graduates)
- An academic transcript (if you have no fees outstanding. A payment arrangement or AoD does not qualify one for a transcript)
Click here to obtain a replacement degree.
Click here for Ceremony 1 booklet
Ceremony 2 - Session 2 - 14:30 PM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=22YVoBiqS_g
Click here for Ceremony 2 booklet
Please use the following links to view ceremonies for April 2023
Click here for Ceremony 1 booklet
Ceremony 2 - Session 2 - 14:30 PM - https://bit.ly/UWCGrad2023-2
Click here for Ceremony 2 booklet
Ceremony 3 - Session 1 - 9:30 AM - https://bit.ly/UWCGrad2023-3
Click here for Ceremony 3 booklet
Ceremony 4 - Session 2 - 14:30 PM - https://bit.ly/UWCGrad2023-4
Click here for Ceremony 4 booklet
Ceremony 5 - Session 1 - 9:30 AM - https://bit.ly/UWCGrad2023-5
Click here for Ceremony 5 booklet
Ceremony 6 - Session 2 - 14:30 PM - https://bit.ly/UWCGrad2023-6
Click here for Ceremony 6 booklet
Ceremony 7 - Session 1 - 9:30 AM - https://bit.ly/UWCGrad2023-7
Click here for Ceremony 7 booklet
Ceremony 8 - Session 2 - 14:30 PM - https://bit.ly/UWCGrad2023-8
Click here for Ceremony 8 booklet
Ceremony 9 - Session 1 - 9:30 AM - https://bit.ly/UWCGrad2023-9
Click here for Ceremony 9 booklet
Ceremony 10 - Session 2 - 14:30 PM - https://bit.ly/UWCGrad2023-10
Click here for Ceremony 10 booklet
Ceremony 11 - Session 1 - 9:30 AM - https://bit.ly/UWCGrad2023-11
Click here for Ceremony 11 booklet
Ceremony 1 - 09h30 https://youtu.be/-hBgGCSNOks
Ceremony 2 - 14h00 https://youtu.be/j3xIhjCMHeU
Click here for the booklet for Ceremony 1 - 09h30, 15 December 2022
Click here for the booklet for Ceremony 2 - 14h00, 15 December 2022
Please use the following links to view ceremonies for 09 September 2022
Ceremony 1 - 09h30 https://bit.ly/SpringGrad2022-Session1
Ceremony 2 - 14h30 https://bit.ly/SpringGrad2022-Session2
Click here for the booklet for Ceremony 1 - 09h30, 09 September 2022
Click here for the booklet for Ceremony 2 - 14h30, 09 September 2022
UWC Virtual Graduation 2022 - 15 December 2021
Click here for the GRADUATION BOOKLET (15 December 2021)
UWC Virtual Graduation 2021 - 17 September 2021
Click here for the GRADUATION BOOKLET (17 September 2021).
UWC Virtual Graduation 2021 - EMS (6 May 2021)
UWC Virtual Graduation 2021 - Education and Natural Sciences (5 May 2021)
UWC Virtual Graduation 2021 - CHS, Dentistry and Law (4 May 2021)
UWC Virtual Graduation 2021 - Arts and Humanities (3 May 2021)
HONORARY DOCTORATES AND GOLD MEDALSThe awarding of honorary doctorates and gold medals is a significant part of the university calendar at UWC. In 1990, then UWC Chancellor Archbishop Desmond Tutu awarded honorary doctorates to Nelson Mandela and OR Tambo respectively. The prestigious honour roll of honorary doctorate recipients includes, amongst others, Walter and Albertina Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Fr Michael Lapsley, Breyten Breytenbach, Graça Machel, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Rhoda Kadalie, Trevor Manuel, Shaykh Mohamed Salie Dien, and Zackie Achmat.
Click here to view the inaugural Honorary Doctorate and Gold Medal gala event that took place on 30 November 2022
Click here for the UWC GREATS booklet
Click here to view the tribute to the ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS DESMOND MPILO TUTU.
Click here to view message from the Chancellor.
To be considered for the conferral of an honorary degree, the nominee should reflect the following criteria:
- outstanding intellectual contributions in the course of a career, in some field of scholarship;
- a substantial contribution, with national or international impact;
- rendered service of excellence or distinction in wider society;
- application of the values espoused by the University, and in so doing having contributed towards the transformation of society; and
- outstanding contribution as a public intellectual.
The award of an honorary degree does not entitle a person to practise any profession nor use the title of Doctor.
HONORARY DOCTORATES 2021 AND 2022:
2021 - DR ALLAN AUBREY BOESAK (click here)
2021 - PROFESSOR ZOË CHARLOTTE WICOMB (click here)
2021 - WILLIAM KENTRIDGE (click here)
2022 - PROFESSOR KWESI KWAA PRAH (click here)
2022 - DR IMTIAZ SOOLIMAN (click here)
The Gold Medal is awarded to individuals in the community who have made a significant and extraordinary contribution to the upliftment of the community through exceptional leadership, community involvement and related activities. In considering a nomination for the award of a Gold Medal, nominees are required to reflect:
• Meritorious or outstanding contributions to public life or of significant benefit to society;
• Contributions that are innovative, exceptional, self-initiated and/or self-directed.
GOLD MEDALLISTS 2021 AND 2022:
2021 - ADVOCATE AB MAHOMED (click here)
2021 - DEREK JOUBERT (click here)
2021 - PETER TAKELO (click here)
2022 - SEAN PATRICK LANCE (click here)
2022 - PETER WILSON (click here)
2022 - DR PHUMZILE MLAMBO-NGCUKA (click here)