Stellenbosch University will follow a hybrid model for the December graduation, which will take place from 13 to 16 December 2021.

The hybrid model comprises small physical (face-to-face) ceremonies as well as virtual faculty-specific graduation ceremonies. This format complies with the current level 1 COVID-19 restrictions and will not put the health and safety of graduands and guests at risk.


Eleven physical graduation ceremonies will be held in the SU Conservatoire of Music (Konservatorium) in Stellenbosch, as this is the most suitable venue for social distancing and the small number of attendees allowed. These physical (face-to-face) ceremonies will be held for the following categories:

  • Doctoral graduands (*including outstanding March 2021 graduands)
  • Honorary Doctorates 
  • Chancellor’s Award recipients
  • Chancellor’s Medal recipient

Virtual faculty-based ceremonies will be held for the remainder of the graduand categories. These graduands will receive their qualifications in absentia.