Graduation is the highlight of the university calendar. Undergraduate and postgraduate students receive their degrees at ceremonies that take place at specified times throughout the year at UCT: in a one-day event on 20 December 2017, a main graduation week from 3-10 April 2018 and a one-day event in June 2018 (date to be confirmed).
The university also confers honorary degrees on distinguished visitors who have made a valuable contribution to society. Other awards which are conferred during graduation include:
The Distinguished Teacher Award is the highest accolade given to teaching staff at all levels in the university and recognises excellent teaching. Through the award, UCT acknowledges the primary place of teaching and learning in the university’s work.
The UCT Book Award recognises the publication of outstanding books written by members of staff.
The Creative Works Award was established to recognise major creative works, including art works, performances, productions, compositions and architectural designs produced by UCT staff.
The Social Responsiveness Award was established in 2009. It recognises UCT academics who demonstrate that social engagement has enhanced the teaching and learning process – one of the university’s priorities.
Live-streaming of Graduation ceremonies
Do you have family and friends who cannot attend your graduation but would like to see you graduate? They can go to the UCT Home page and click on the Graduation streaming link, then watch the whole ceremony online as it happens. After the ceremonies, the videos will be available on UCT's YouTube channel.
Please note that you need to use IE9 and above to view the stream. However, we recommend using Google Chrome for best support.
Find more information about graduation ceremonies in the Downloads column (on the right).