Graduation 2020 - Watch the December graduation

15 December 2020 | Camerawork Evan Zerf, Ashwin Marescia, Kyle Peters. Video edit Evan Zerf. Production Oatmeal Productions.

With COVID-19 restrictions rendering it impossible to host in-person graduation ceremonies, UCT honoured 1 502 graduates in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, 15 December 2020, with social media elements created to add some fun and excitement. We congratulate the December 2020 graduates on their academic success during an exceptionally challenging year.

Find your name and photo on the graduation feature page.




"Mamaliye" by amaAmbush Marimbas

Ross Johnson
Onke Cocile
Mabhtui Msweli
Zama Qambi
Simphiwe Maswana
Joseph Kunnuji
Nosipho Sigila
Yamkela Liwani

Mount Olympus


Cape Town Youth Choir performances

Leon Starker


Bungalow Four Productions


Marcelo Gándaras


Jason Atherton


Elina Koytcheva, Louise Starker, Azra Isaacs, Pearl Jung


Schalk Wasserman


“Graduation Poem”

Siphokazi Jonas


Amanda Tiffin


Lana Crowster


Cinematography & Editing
Paige Fiddes


Candy Links


Production Assistant
Aimee George


“Malaika” by the Cape Male Voices

Reuben Mbonambi
Lulama Mgceleza
Sakhiwe Mkosana


Singing Coach/Lecturer/Pianist
Tertia Downie


Craig Prins


Evan Zerf
Ashwin Marescia


Dave Langemann


Commissioned by UCT’s Communication and Marketing Department

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Graduation 2020


We understand the disappointment that our students and their families feel about the impact that the global pandemic has had on the normal operations for graduation ceremonies. Please know that the decision to host virtual graduation celebratory events was not taken lightly. We congratulate the March and December 2020 graduates on their academic success during an exceptionally challenging year.

The March 2020 Senate List of Qualifiers was approved at the beginning of March and everyone on that list had technically already graduated in absentia with a confer date of 19 March 2020. The celebratory event video was made available online at 18:00 on Monday, 14 December to honour the March 2020 graduates.

The December 2020 graduands have graduated during the virtual graduation celebratory event at 18:00 on Tuesday, 15 December 2020.

Find full information, including Frequently Asked Questions, on the Graduation page on the Students website. You can also follow the celebrations on UCT’s Twitter page and the #UCTGrad2020 hashtag.

Videos – 15 December virtual graduation celebratory event

Your names

The names of all of the 2020 graduates and graduands can be found in the ceremony programme PDFs. The names of all of the March 2020 graduates are accessible in the March programme PDFs that you can find through the index: just click through the March index to find your graduation ceremony group PDF. The names of all of the December 2020 graduands are accessible in the one December ceremony programme PDF.

Your photos

Graduates and graduands were invited to submit photos for publication as part of the 2020 celebrations. If you submitted a photo, you will find it in the gallery collections, divided into the March and December cohorts.

Our stories: inspirational graduates

The UCT News team has profiled a cross-section of inspirational graduands and graduates whose stories inspired us. To all those we haven’t been able to feature, we’d like to say: each one of you is an inspiration – to your university, your families and your communities. We wish you every success in the future.




Graduates’ Video messages