Dear Staff and Students

We are pleased to share with you details of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s virtual graduation ceremony for the class of 2020 which takes place on Friday, 29 May 2020 at 13h30.  

The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC3 (Channel 193). The University is grateful to Standard Bank for partnering with UKZN to make this possible. 

As Acting Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Nana Poku will officially confer degrees on all graduands who have succeeded in meeting all their academic requirements including those students who will receive their qualifications posthumously. The Deputy Vice-Chancellors will convey their congratulatory messages to our graduands.

The decision to host a virtual graduation has been made in accordance with the national lockdown and social distancing regulations to safeguard all South Africans from contracting Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

Our graduands and members of the University Community will also be able to join the ceremony via the link: However, this link will only be active and accessible on Friday.  Graduation programmes are also available on the webpage link provided above.  We encourage our graduands to engage and share their beautiful videos and photos on our hashtag: #UKZNgrad2020 and #ItCanBe.

We have also partnered with Ukhozi FM on its special graduation programme which will be broadcast at 12h13 on Friday.  Our ceremony will feature on the largest radio station with an audience of approximately 8 million listeners.

The University’s annual graduation ceremonies are at the heart of the academic calendar. We understand that the ceremony is their proudest moment – a joyous and grand occasion which our graduands share with peers, family and friends. Although we are precluded from hosting a traditional physical graduation ceremony, we are elated at the opportunity to present it in a virtual space for our graduands to celebrate in a whole new and unconventional way.

We urge members of the University Community to actively participate on our social media platforms to celebrate with our graduands. We value your support in making this virtual event a success.

Please celebrate responsibly and adhere to COVID-19 lockdown regulations for social distancing and health related measures.

Stay safe and take care.

Thank you.

Issued by
Normah Zondo
Executive Director: Corporate Relations (Acting)