Dear graduates and graduands,
We are a few days away from celebrating your graduation virtually on 14 December (March graduates) and 15 December (December graduands).
Although this is certainly not how UCT envisaged celebrating your commendable attainment, the university has had to resort to virtual graduation celebrations due to the prevailing COVID-19 circumstances. The risk of infection that would have come with hosting physical events on campus was highlighted when the Minister of Health declared on Wednesday that the country was now experiencing a second wave of infections.
As much as the graduation celebrations are scheduled to be virtual, the university has put every effort in to ensure that these are as memorable and enjoyable for the graduates/graduands and their families, friends and all their loved ones as possible. Even under these circumstances, UCT endeavors to ensure that these become a special occasion to mark the significant graduation milestone and create an electrifying and exciting atmosphere of virtual celebration on both evenings.
Both graduation celebrations will commence at 18:00 and will be accessible online via the UCT website, the university’s social media platforms and Vula. The session for the March cohort, scheduled for 14 December, is for students who have graduated already and will essentially be a celebration in recognition of this achievement. The December graduation is for graduands who will have the Chancellor officially conferring their degrees.
The Communication and Marketing Department has produced graduation-specific social media assets, which are available for the March graduates and the December graduands as well as their families to use. There are two elements available:
Video tutorials and step-by-step guidelines are available on the graduation feature page:
The video tutorials and guidelines are also available on the UCT Twitter page:
We encourage graduands/graduates to screenshot the images mentioned above (both frames and stickers) and post these on social media using #UCTGrad2020 and tagging @UCT_News.
We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone moment with you, and to making it as memorable as possible.
Communication and Marketing Department
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