​Stellenbosch University (SU) already is preparing to celebrate the academic achievements of thousands of students who will be graduating this coming March in a format that complies with current regulations and will not put the health and safety of graduands and guests at risk.

The SU Rectorate has approved a hybrid graduation model for the March graduation cycle scheduled for
29 March to 1 April 2021. The hybrid graduation model includes small physical (face-to-face) ceremonies as well as virtual faculty-specific graduation ceremonies. The decision was bas​ed on the assumption that SU would not be able to host large graduation ceremonies, with thousands of graduands and guests in attendance. Concerns related to social distancing would still be relevant irrespective of the regulations in place during the set period. 

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

 Doctoral Graduands (including December 2020 deferrals) 
 Honorary Doctorates 
 Chancellors Awards Recipients (including December 2020 deferrals)

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