Graduation, the highlight of the university calendar when undergraduate and postgraduate students receive their degrees, takes place twice a year at UCT - in a one- or two-day event in June, and then the main graduation week in mid-December. 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:
This Distinguished Teacher Award which is the highest accolade given to teaching staff at all levels within 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 was established to recognise major creative works, including art works, performances, productions, compositions and architectural designs produced by UCT staff.
The Social Responsiveness Award was established in 2009. It 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 who cannot attend your graduation but would like to see you graduate?
They can go to the main page of this website and click on the Graduation Streaming link, then watch the whole ceremony as it happens.
Please note that you need to use IE9 and above to view the stream, however we recommend using Google Chrome for best support.
Find more information about graduation ceremonies in the downloads column.