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Graduation Information

UPDATE: The upcoming graduation ceremonies will take place on 15 December 2022 (for selected programmes only. consult your Faculty).

The draft graduation list will be published on 07 December 2022.

Contact graduation@uwc.ac.za 

Should the University consider having ceremonies for graduates who graduated virtually in 2020 and 2021, this will be communicated accordingly.

In order to be included in the upcoming  graduation ceremonies, you must ensure that fees owed by you to the University has been settled in full by you (or your bursar/financial sponsor), OR you have signed a GRADUATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF DEBT form with Student Credit Management (see the tab below titled GRADUATING WITH FEES OUTSTANDING for full details). An arrangement must be made even if a funder or NSFAS will be settling all fees later in the year.

Masters and Doctoral students must submit their final corrected theses to the Library by 11 November 2022, 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. 
 

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.

IMPORTANT: The University's preferred vendor for the September 2022 Graduation Ceremonies is NICKAYCLICK HERE to download the information flyer and to place orders online.

The University's vendor for the March/April 2022 Graduation Ceremonies had changed to  GORDON HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHIC. CLICK HERE to download the information flyer and to place orders online.
 

If you have fees outstanding regardless of the type of bursar/funder (even if on NSFAS) or even if you already have a payment arrangement in place, you must contact Student Credit Management by no later than 11 November 2022 in order to remain part of the graduation and finalise a Graduation AoD by  11 November 2022 at the latest.

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 01-11 November 2022.
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 completed, signed and uploaded to the Graduation Clearance Portal https://studentdebt.uwc.ac.za/ no later than 11 November 2022. Failure to sign by the deadline date 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 11 November 2022.

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
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 01-11 November 2022.

Signing an AoD means you will receive an official 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. 

If however, your intention is to settle your account, payment MUST reflect on your student account no later than 11 November 2022.

ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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 11 November 2022.

Certificates will be available for collection on the day of your graduation ceremony for those that are permitted and able to attend the in-person ceremony.

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 helpdesk@uwc.ac.za. 

On the day of your graduation you will receive:
- 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)

If you have lost your certificate or if it has been destroyed, please complete the online form below:
Click here to obtain a replacement degree.
 

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

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)

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.