UCT concludes successful graduation and other updates

13 April 2018 | Campus Announcement

Dear students and colleagues

This campus announcement aims to inform members of the University of Cape Town community about:

1. UCT concludes successful graduation

A successful seven-day graduation period, which saw approximately 5 200 students capped during 14 ceremonies, came to an end on Tuesday, 10 April. A total of 67 doctoral degrees were awarded. Two honorary doctorates were conferred, one to former rector and vice-chancellor of the University of the Western Cape, Professor Brian O’Connell, and the other to former Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, the first black woman to be appointed to the Constitutional Court in post-apartheid South Africa. The President of Convocation Medal was awarded to community health activist and executive director of the National Institute of Occupational Heath, Dr Sophia Kisting-Cairncross.

2. Second round of IRTC hearings

On 9 April 2018 the UCT Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) held their second round of hearings.

3. Water-saving campaign

Saving water is not just an individual responsibility – UCT departments have also been instructed to reduce their water usage by 50%. Each department has been asked to appoint a “water champion” to coordinate discussions and activities to help save water, and every member of each department is urged to offer ideas and take the initiative to help save water.

UCT has implemented several water-reduction strategies. Most recently, Student Housing and Properties and Services launched a campus-wide rollout of water-efficient washing machines, which will save about 100 litres of water per washing cycle. The campaign will see the installation of 238 of these machines, beginning at Obz Square. The rollout is expected to be completed in May 2018.

As part of the university’s water-saving campaign, a wide variety of digital tools and resources have been made available for free download. This includes email signatures, decals, flyers, posters and social media covers. We encourage the whole campus community to make use of these marketing materials wherever possible to raise awareness and help to reduce UCT’s water use by half.


Communication and Marketing Department

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