Graduation 2021: A virtual grand affair

20 July 2021 | Words Staff writer. Photos Lerato Maduna.

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) bumper mid‑year graduation season saw 6 175 students graduate virtually during six faculty ceremonies, which took place at 18:00 each evening. Between 12 and 19 July graduates were on upper campus to have their pictures taken in their gowns, as well as with the university’s vice-chancellor (VC), Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng. Some also got the opportunity to be capped by the VC. This selection documents day one and two (12–13 July) of this graduation season. Lerato Maduna was there to capture it all on camera.


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Graduation July 2021


Graduation 2021

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 July 2021 graduands on their academic success during exceptionally challenging times.

The July 2021 graduands have 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.

Your names

The names of all of the July 2021 graduands can be found in the ceremony programme PDFs.

Faculty of Science 18:00, 19 July 2021
Faculty of Law 18:00, 16 July 2021
Faculty of Humanities 18:00, 15 July 2021
Faculty of Health Sciences 18:00, 14 July 2021
Faculty of Commerce 12:00, 12 July 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.