March 2022 graduation and other updates

09 March 2022

Dear colleagues and students

Graduation is around the corner and the University of Cape Town (UCT) will share in the graduands’ joy through a walk of celebration to be held on Upper Campus later this month. Read more on this and other updates below.

1. March 2022 graduation celebration

Graduation is scheduled to take place from 28 to 31 March. UCT celebrates and congratulates the graduands. In recognising the need to still adhere to COVID-19 protocols while at the same time needing to create space to celebrate, the upcoming graduation will include an in person walk of celebration. The events will take place outside Sarah Baartman Hall.

All ceremonies will be live-streamed so guests who are unable to attend in person can 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 including each faculty’s specified date.

Official UCT merchandise will be available for sale on the plaza during the graduation celebration.

2. Marking International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is commemorated each year on 8 March. UCT Chancellor Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe has commended the great strides the university has made and acknowledged the efforts it is currently undertaking to ensure more women take on leadership roles within business, research, the Cape Town community, and most recently local government. She urged all women to empower, inspire and uplift one another.

3. Inaugural Lecture: Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit

Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit will deliver the first Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture in 2022. The virtual lecture will take place on Wednesday, 9 March 2022 at 18:00 on the Microsoft Teams platform. The lecture, titled “Where there is smoke there is fire: Facing the giants of Tobacco, Industry and Academia without getting burnt”, will touch on, among other things, advocacy for clean air, support for smokers and fighting back against tobacco and vaping industry giants.

Professor Van Zyl-Smit is a pulmonologist and professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Groote Schuur Hospital.

4. Student Wellness Service lecture on wellbeing

Student Wellness Service will host a webinar focusing on wellbeing and holistic health on Wednesday, 9 March at 17:00. It will be addressed by Phunyezwa Langa, who will share on “COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Protocols”.

5. ICTS scheduled maintenance

Please note that on Sunday, 13 March, the Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) department will perform scheduled maintenance from 09:00 to 17:00. Unless advised to the contrary, do not expect any ICT services to be available for the duration of the maintenance slot. Please remember to consult the scheduled ICTS maintenance slots for 2022 before planning any teaching, conferences, meetings, and other activities that require ICT services. For more information, see the article on why ICTS schedules regular monthly maintenance slots.

6. Road closure due to Varsity Cup game

The next UCT Varsity Cup home match will be played on the Rugby Field, Green Mile on Upper Campus on Monday, 14 March. Please note that as a result, Madiba Circle East will be closed to all vehicles between 16:30 and 21:30. Students and staff are requested to make use of alternative routes.

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