Seven honorary degrees to be awarded in 2015

25 May 2015 | Story by Newsroom
UCT's 'Golden Book' is signed by all honorary graduates.
UCT's 'Golden Book' is signed by all honorary graduates.

This year, UCT will award honorary degrees to seven highly esteemed figures for their contribution to activism, the arts, law and the economy.


  • Ahmed Kathrada: life-long activist committed to achieving freedom in South Africa, former political prisoner and South African politician. Read more.

  • Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke: Constitutional Court Judge, Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa, Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, anti-apartheid activist and former political prisoner. Read more.

  • Dr Johannes de Villiers Graaff (posthumous): Neoclassical welfare economist and former chairman of Nedbank. Read more.

  • Professor John Wright: Pre-colonial historian and retired history lecturer, well-known for his work on Southern Africa and on The James Stuart Archive. Read more.

  • Professor Kenneth Reid: Legal scholar and former law commissioner, Chair of Scots Law at the University of Edinburgh. Read more.

  • Professor Okwui Enwezor: Curator, art critic, editor, poet and writer specialising in art history. Read more.

  • Advocate Thuli Madonsela: Public Protector of South Africa. Read more.



Recipients will be honoured at either the June or December graduation ceremonies.

Interested to know who else has been honoured by UCT over the years? Read about those we honoured in 2014, and then browse through the full archive of awardees.


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