Graduation is the highlight of the university calendar. Undergraduate and postgraduate students receive their degrees at ceremonies that take place twice a year at UCT: in a one- or two-day event in June, or during 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:
The Distinguished Teacher Award is the highest accolade given to teaching staff at all levels in 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 and friends who cannot attend your graduation but would like to see you graduate? They can go to the main page of the UCT website and click on the Graduation Streaming link, then watch the whole ceremony online 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 (on the right).