Ceremonies

Arrival time

All graduands must proceed directly to the Coetzenburg Centre in possession of their hired academic wear. You will receive your announcement cards at this point. Graduands are kindly requested to be seated 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. The doors to the venue will be opened one (1) hour before the commencement of the ceremony.

Admission tickets

The venue’s population certificate (a legal requirement) limits the number of individuals that may be in the Centre at any given time, compelling SU to issue a specific number of admission tickets per graduand.

  • Each graduand up to master’s level will be allowed to invite two (2) guests.
  • Doctoral candidates may invite three (3) guests.

Preschool children should preferably not attend the ceremonies. If it happens, such a child must also be in possession of an admission ticket and will therefore form part of the number of admission tickets issued to a candidate.

Graduand tickets, as well as guest admission tickets, will be emailed to graduands by Thursday, 1 December 2022. Please check your official “@sun” student email account for the admission tickets, and also check your “junk” folder. Note that the tickets will be sent from a Quicket account.

Family and friends that are unable to attend the event can also follow the ceremony online at www.sun.ac.za/streaming.

Tickets can be printed or saved to cell phones and must be shown at the door. Note that this arrangement applies to both graduands and guests.

Seating and venue protocol

  1. The venue’s population certificate (a legal requirement) limits the number of individuals that may be in the Centre at any given time, compelling SU to issue a specific number of admission tickets per graduand. Guests arriving at the Coetzenburg Centre without admission tickets may consequently not be allowed to enter the venue.
  2. Graduands and guests arriving after the commencement of a ceremony, even with admission tickets, may be denied access to the venue.
  3. Preschool children should preferably not attend the ceremonies. If it happens, such a child must also be in possession of an admission ticket and will therefore form part of the number of admission tickets that can be issued to a candidate.
  4. In keeping with the dignity of the ceremony, all candidates, as well as their guests, are requested NOT to leave the hall during the ceremony.
  5. Candidates and their guests are also kindly requested to bring only unflavoured water into the venue, no food or other beverages are allowed in the venue.

Overflow venue

Due to the venue’s population capacity, guests arriving at the Coetzenburg Centre without admission tickets will be accommodated in two overflow venues in the Sports Science Building where the graduation ceremony can be followed via live streaming.