A moment of pride and joy

27 July 2023 | Words Kamva Somdyala. Photos Lerato Maduna.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) capped over 100 PhD graduates during a ceremony held at the Sarah Baartman Hall on 21 July 2023. As the flagship academic ceremony on the calendar, all six university faculties were represented. Zayd Minty was awarded his PhD posthumously; while honorary degrees were awarded to Josette Cole (Doctor of Social Science), Tete Mbambisa (Doctor of Music), Dr Colette Solomon (Doctor of Social Science) and posthumously to Veronica Williams (Doctor of Music). 

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PhD Graduation July 2023

The July 2023 PhD candidates graduated on Friday, 21 July 2023. The ceremony was livestreamed on the website and on UCT’s YouTube channel.

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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 #UCTGrad2023 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.




#UCTGrad2023 – social media elements

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