The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will confer an impressive 10 015 degrees at its 22 graduation ceremonies to be held on its Westville campus (Sports Hall) and Pietermaritzburg’s Royal Showgrounds, commencing on Monday, 11 April and ending on Tuesday, 19 April. See table below for further statistics.

The University is honoured to welcome as guest speaker at the Law and Management Studies graduation ceremony on Friday, 15 April at 10:00, the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Other guest speakers include Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), Mr Sipho Madonsela and Chief Director: Modelling & Forecasting, Economic Policy Division at National Treasury, Mr Konstantin Makrelov.

The Senate and Council of the University of KwaZulu-Natal have approved nominations to confer honorary degrees in 2016 on the following four distinguished individuals, for their unique and outstanding contribution to society both locally and at a global level:

  • Mr Vasudevan Gounden (Doctor of Social Sciences) – 11/04/2016 at 14:30
  • Dr Robert C. Gallo M.D. (Doctor of Sciences) – 14/04/2016 at 10:00
  • Mr Michel Sidibé (Doctor of Administration) – 15/04/2016 at 19:00
  • Ms Patricia Horn (Doctor of Social Sciences) – 18/04/2016 at 10:00

See citations below under Fact File for details.

Four prominent academics will receive the University’s Fellowship Award for research excellence and distinguished academic achievement:

  • Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim, Director: CAPRISA (Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research): University of KwaZulu-Natal;
  • Professor Francesco Petruccione, Director Centre for Quantum Technology UKZN.  NRF/DST SARChI Chair: Quantum Information Processing and Technology;
  • Professor Colleen Thelma Downs, South African Research Chair in  Ecosystem Health and Bio-diversity in KZN and EC and is a Professor in The School of Life Sciences;
  • Professor Steven Dene Johnson, holds the South African Research Chair in Evolutionary Biology and is a Professor in the School of Life Sciences.

Distinguished Teachers Awards will also be awarded to outstanding teachers who demonstrate innovation and excellence in the areas of curriculum development, teaching methodology and assessment methods. This year the University will be recognising:

  • Dr Suzanne Francis, Senior Lecturer in Political Science;
  • Professor Thabo Msibi, Acting Dean School of Education;
  • Mrs Rosemary Quilling, Senior Lecturer: Information Systems and Technology; and
  • Professor Albert Modi, Dean and Head of School: Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences.



Graduation Statistics

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Law & Management      


Health Sciences           


Total number of male graduands?

3754 = 37.5%

Total number of female graduands and percentage?

6261 = 62.5 %

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What was the overall pass rate percentage for 2015 academic year?

Average under graduate pass rate for the year was 84.5%.

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