And we’re live! Celebrating UCT’s first in-person grad ceremony in over two years

25 July 2022 | Words Helen Swingler. Photos Je’nine May.

The Sarah Baartman Hall stepped out of COVID-19 dormancy on 22 July to host a joyful mid-year PhD graduation ceremony. It was the first live ceremony in the hall in more than two years. More than 100 doctoral graduates were capped by Chancellor Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe. Welcoming the doctoral graduands from the faculties of Law, Commerce, Science, and Engineering & the Built Environment, and their families and supporters, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said, “This is about you. We have rolled out the [proverbial] red carpet ... Walk it!”

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PhD Graduation July 2022


The July 2022 PhD candidates graduated on Friday, 22 July 2022 at their faculty’s graduation ceremony as per the published schedule available on the graduation page on the UCT Students website. Ceremonies were livestreamed on the website, and video recordings are now available on this feature page and on UCT’s YouTube channel.

We are excited to see our UCT graduates unleash their potential for a fair and just society. Join in with the celebrations on social media by using the #UCTGrad2022 hashtag.


Our stories: inspirational graduates

The UCT News team has profiled a cross-section of inspirational PhD 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.

#UCTGrad2022 – social media elements

Customised Facebook and Instagram stickers are available on our social media platforms. Watch the tutorial videos here to see how easily you can get your online presence ready to celebrate.

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