What is a virtual graduation ceremony?
It is an official graduation ceremony of the University which will take place in the absence of graduands to enable those who have met the requirements for completion of their studies, to graduate so that they can get their degree/diploma certificates and get on with their lives.
Why does the University not wait for COVID-19 to subside for normal graduation ceremonies to be arranged?
The University’s Executive Committee of Senate (acting on behalf of Senate), has decided to proceed with the graduation ceremonies virtually to allow qualifying candidates to:
- submit their degree/diploma certificates when applying for employment; and
- apply for studies at other institutions both in South Africa and abroad.
Secondly, the University is required to report to the Department of Higher Education and Training on the number of graduates it has produced in the 2019/2020 reporting cycle.
When will these ceremonies be held?
The virtual graduation ceremonies will be held from 11-13 May 2020 as follows:
11 May 2020: School of Science and Technology
12 May 2020: School of Health Care Sciences and School of Pharmacy
13 May 2020: School of Oral Health Sciences and School of Medicine
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