July 2023 graduation ceremony

18 July 2023

Dear colleagues and students

The University of Cape Town (UCT) prides itself on the quality of its academic programmes, and on its well-deserved characterisation as a research-intensive university.

From time to time, we celebrate the hard work of those whose commitment to their studies and research brings not only the reward of a degree, but ultimately also contributes towards making the world a better place. The July PhD graduation ceremonies present us with the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of our doctoral graduates.

We are therefore looking forward with much anticipation to the July PhD graduation ceremony to be held at Sarah Baartman Hall on Upper Campus on Friday, 21 July 2023 at 10:00. The ceremony will be streamed live on the UCT news website and through the university’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

We are delighted, and proud of the 104 doctoral graduates who will be capped in what is sure to be a jubilant ceremony. A PhD thesis is required to constitute a substantial, original contribution to research. And the degree is the culmination of the efforts of our graduates, all of whom have met this demanding requirement. Let us also not forget to thank those who have supported them through this journey: their academic supervisors, families and friends.

The university will during the ceremony bestow high academic honours in the form of honorary doctoral degrees on the following distinguished individuals:

  • Ms Josette Grace Cole, Doctor of Social Science
  • Mr Tete Mbambisa, Doctor of Music
  • Dr Colette Ursula Solomon, Doctor of Social Science
  • Ms Veronica Patricia Williams, Doctor of Music (awarded posthumously).

I convey my warm congratulations to all our graduands and wish them everything of the best in their future endeavours.


Emer Prof Daya Reddy
Vice-Chancellor interim

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