Virtual conferral of degrees and awarding of diplomas by North-West University 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all physical graduation ceremonies (undergraduate and postgraduate) that were scheduled to take place in 2020 have been cancelled. This includes the presentation ceremonies that would have taken place at venues other than our three campuses.

What does “conferral of degrees” mean and why is it important?

The Statute of the NWU clearly states that a person is not entitled to the privileges of a degree until such a degree has been conferred at a congregation of the University. The implication of this is substantial. It means that if you have met the requirements of the Senate, you would not be able to gain from the privileges until such qualification has been awarded or conferred. Should we merely postpone the ceremony until sometime later this year or even next year, the NWU would not only act in contravention of its rules, but you would also be robbed of an opportunity to enjoy the privileges of your qualification.

What does a virtual conferral of degrees and awarding of diplomas entail?

In order to allow you to still experience some feeling of that moment on the stage you would have shared with family and friends, a virtual ceremony is pre-recorded.

The relevant degrees and diplomas are awarded or conferred in absentia, and the certificates of each ceremony will be sent by courier as close as possible to the date of the awarding or conferral as captured on the official student record and as contained in the relevant degree programme.

We understand that no virtual ceremony can ever replace an actual ceremony on your campus – with your fellow graduates and photo sessions – and for this reason, we will do our best, if circumstances permit, to arrange for graduates to be invited to a later ceremony.

Virtual conferral of degrees and awarding of diplomas - July 2020

The Class of 2020 has graduated. Congratulate them as they continue to be bearers of the North-West University torch, carriers of its influence, and promoters of its spirit. After all, it all starts here!

Programme

An asterisk (*) next to a name indicates that the degree/diploma has been obtained with distinction


Virtual conferral of degrees and awarding of diplomas - May 2020

The Class of 2020 has graduated. Congratulate them as they continue to be bearers of the North-West University torch, carriers of its influence, and promoters of its spirit. After all, it all starts here!

 

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Ceremonies Department 

Graduation ceremonies

The Ceremonies Department is responsible for organising graduation ceremonies on all campuses, including:

  • Scheduling of all graduation ceremonies
  • Invitation of graduates to their ceremonies (± 3-4 weeks before the ceremony)
  • Printing and signing over of degree certificates
  • Printing of graduation programme booklets
  • Dispatch of absentia degree certificates
  • Handling of reissuing requests of degree certificates
  • Responsibility for academic protocol and attire

Academic transcripts can be downloaded.

Official ceremonies

The ceremonies department is also responsible for organising other official ceremonies of the North-West University, including:

  • Inauguration ceremonies
  • Official opening ceremonies
  • Official closing ceremonies
  • Installation and reinstallation of the chancellor/vice-chancellor
  • Farewell functions of senior dignitaries
  • Appreciation functions for retirees

Ceremonies team

  • Section head: Suzelle Buys
  • Administrative officer: Daleen Gey van Pitteus
  • Senior administrative assistant: Rethabile Dube

Ceremonies enquiries

Tel 018 299 2623
E-mail: NWU-grad@nwu.ac.za