Graduation is the highlight of the university calendar. Undergraduate and postgraduate students receive their degrees at ceremonies that take place at certain times during the year.
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 recognises major creative works, including art works, performances, productions, compositions and architectural designs produced by UCT staff.
The Social Responsiveness Award 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 Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and above to view the stream. The use of Google Chrome is recommended.
Load-shedding and graduation
Due to the possibility of load-shedding across the country, there may be interruptions to the live-streaming of the April graduation ceremonies. Contingency plans have been put in place to minimise possible interruptions to the graduation coverage. If the power does go out and live-streaming is halted, the video recording of all ceremonies is safeguarded against power outages and the videos will be available for viewing shortly after each ceremony. The graduation videos will be uploaded to the Graduation April 2019 feature page on the UCT News website as they become available.