March 2022 graduation celebration

08 March 2022 | VC Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng

Dear colleagues and students

I am very pleased to convey my warm congratulations to this year’s March graduands on achieving their academic goals. Getting to the graduation finish line is an accomplishment to be proud of and must be celebrated. Graduation is one of the highlights in our academic calendar, a time when we not only rejoice but acknowledge the tenacity, determination and extraordinary effort it took to achieve this remarkable milestone.

While the COVID-19 regulations are currently not as tight as they were in the past two years, we must continue to observe the health protocols such as practicing social distancing, wearing masks and sanitising our hands to protect ourselves and those around us.

In recognising the need to still adhere to COVID-19 protocols while at the same time needing to create space to celebrate graduation, the upcoming March graduation period will include an in person walk of celebration. This is an opportunity for each graduand to mark their achievement and celebrate their success together with their families. The events will take place outside Sarah Baartman Hall.

As part of the proceedings, each graduand will have their name read out and will walk across the platform to be hooded and congratulated by myself and the university leadership.

All ceremonies will also be live-streamed so guests who are unable to attend in person will be able to watch proceedings on the UCT News website (accessible from the UCT graduation web page) or via the university’s social media platforms, Facebook, and Twitter. Recordings of the ceremonies will be made available at a later stage on the UCT YouTube channel.

Important details regarding graduation have been sent to each graduand’s MyUCT email address.

The graduation celebrations will take place as follows:

including the Graduate School of Business
(students with surnames A-L)
Monday, 28 March 10:00 to 12:00
including the Graduate School of Business
(students with surnames M-Z)
Monday, 28 March 14:00 to 16:00
Engineering & the Built Environment Tuesday, 29 March 10:00 to 12:00
Health Sciences Tuesday, 29 March 14:00 to 16:00
(students with surnames A-L)
Wednesday, 30 March 10:00 to 12:00
(students with surnames M-Z)
Wednesday, 30 March 14:00 to 16:00
Law Thursday, 31 March 10:00 to 11:00
Science Thursday, 31 March 13:00 to 15:00

To all those graduating, I am positive that great things await you. Veels geluk, siyavuyisana nani, masego ke ao and congratulations on your achievement. We look forward to celebrating with you.


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

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