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The awarding of degrees, diplomas and certificates will take place in the Coetzenburg Centre at the Coetzenburg sport grounds from 10 - 14 December 2018. 

Each ceremony will commence punctually, and all candidates up to masters level must report at the pavilion of the Danie Craven ​Stadium two hours prior to the commencement of the ceremony, already in possession of their hired academic wear. 

Doctoral candidates must report at the Barlow Room in the Jannie Marais homestead at Coetzenburg, 1½ hours prior to the commencement of the ceremony, also already in possession of their hired academic wear. Download the official notice that contains essential information for all graduates and guests. ​



For graduates that are not able to walk across the stage, degrees will be conferred below the stage area. Send an email to for special arrangements. 

Guests who need special arrangements due to health reasons can send an email to Marjorie van Rooy at Guests in wheel chairs can also contact Marjorie to reserve place for a wheel chair next to a chair for a partner. 

​Graduates or guests that require the services of a sign language interpreter are welcome to contact Marjorie before 1 December. As the venue is not equipped with a screen, arrangements will be made for the interpreter to be seated with the graduate or guests.




Candidates who are unable to attend the ceremony can arrange for their degree, diploma or certificate to be awarded in absentia by completing the relevant form, which is available on before Friday, 30 November 2018. 

The relevant graduation documentation will then be posted to the candidates after completion of all the ceremonies.  The documentation will be posted to the address registered on the University's database. To access the form, go to (Studies > Absence from graduation ceremony).​


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Candidates who qualify for the awarding of a degree, diploma or certificate at a December ceremony, but who want to defer the awarding of the qualification to the April ceremony, should arrange the deferral by completing the relevant form on before Friday, 30 November 2018. 

Undergraduate candidates utilizing and passing a second examination opportunity in a module in November – and thus automatically graduating at a ceremony in April 2019 – need not complete the form. The form is available at   (Studies > Absence from graduation ceremony).