UCT’s graduation ‘walk of celebration’

20 December 2021 | Director Ruairi Abrahams . videography Ashwin Marescia. video edit Ruairi Abrahams. Photo Lerato Maduna.

Graduation is an exciting time of the year when all the hard work graduates have put in culminates in a celebration with friends and family.

However, still finding ourselves battling the pandemic brought many physical events to a stand-still. For these reasons the December 2021 graduation ceremonies were hosted as virtual events on 13 and 14 December and an additional informal graduation ‘walk of celebration’ was held outside Sarah Baartman Hall.

Each faculty was invited to a different time-slot in which graduates had an opportunity to invite up to three of their guests to watch them walk across a platform outside the Sarah Baartman Hall and have their name called out while the Vice-Chancellor and their loved ones congratulated and celebrated with them.

The UCT community sends congratulations and well wishes to all students who will graduated in December 2021.

Please visit the graduation feature page for stories on some of our inspirational graduates and to view the formal graduation ceremonies: https://www.news.uct.ac.za/news/graduation/2021/december/


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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 events was not taken lightly. We congratulate the December 2021 graduands on their academic success during exceptionally challenging times.

The December 2021 cohort graduated during the virtual celebratory events as per the published schedule available on the graduation page on the UCT Students website, where you will find full information about graduation.

You can also follow the celebrations on UCT’s Twitter page by using the #UCTGrad2021 hashtag.


Video and photo highlights

You did it!

The names of all of the December 2021 graduands (before the ceremony) and graduates (after the ceremony) can be found in the ceremony programme PDFs. Congratulations to all of you!

Faculty of EBE and Faculty of Science 17:00, 14 December 2021
Faculty of Humanities 19:30, 13 December 2021
Faculty of Commerce 17:00, 13 December 2021

Our stories: inspirational graduates

The UCT News team has profiled a cross-section of inspirational graduands whose stories have 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.

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