Virtual conferral of degrees and awarding of diplomas by North-West University
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all graduation ceremonies (undergraduate and postgraduate) will be virtual until further notice. 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.
Important information for August 2021 graduands and diplomands
Congratulations for satisfying the requirements of your qualification. Please note the following important information regarding graduation ceremonies.
The North-West University Senate resolved on 24 February 2021, that as it was the practice during 2020, all physical graduation ceremonies (undergraduate and postgraduate) that were scheduled to take place during the first part of 2021 have been cancelled due to the national lockdown regulations aimed at managing the spread of Covid-19. This includes the handing-over ceremonies that would have taken place at venues other than our three campuses.
Although our country is currently under adjusted lockdown level 3, which allows for some limited events and activities to take place, we need to ensure that all possible measures remain in place to safeguard the health and safety of all our stakeholders. Therefore, events and other activities including graduation photo sessions on our campuses are still prohibited.
We understand that no virtual ceremony can ever replace an actual graduation ceremony. We will consider allowing graduates to participate in person during the graduation celebrations that may take place when the situation allows. Graduates will be informed and invited accordingly. In the meantime, we have requested the faculties to explore options where graduands can be involved in more personalised virtual events in which graduands can participate. These may and will however not take on the form of a formal graduation ceremony.
The Statute of the NWU clearly states that a person is not entitled to the privileges of a qualification until such qualification has been awarded at a congregation of the university. This implies that if a graduand or a diplomand has met the necessary Senate requirements, he or she can only enjoy the benefits of their hard work once the qualification has been conferred or awarded. Therefore, the university cannot postpone the planned ceremonies as that will be in contravention of its own rules. Furthermore, the postponement would disadvantage the graduands and diplomands from enjoying the privileges of their qualifications.
Until the situation allows, we will continue to pre-record virtual ceremonies which we will share with graduates and diplomates. The recording of your ceremony will be made public on 31 August 2021 at 12:00 on the university’s platforms.
To add some excitement to the virtual ceremonies, a special campaign will be launched on the university's social media to give you an opportunity to virtually capture your photograph(s) in front of popular landmarks across our campuses. The campaign will be made live on 31 August 2021 at 12:00. Please visit http://www.nwu.ac.za/connect and follow us on social media to ensure that you do not miss out on this opportunity.
Certificates of your ceremony will be sent by courier after the virtual conferral. The certificates will be sent upon completion of the necessary financial clearance which is currently underway.
Please update your contact details by 23 August 2021 to ensure that you receive your certificate in time. You can update your details here: http://diyservices.nwu.ac.za/address-details-service
I look forward to your continued association with the NWU as proud members of our alumni and ambassadors. I wish you all the best in your career. Please keep safe.
Virtual conferral of degrees and awarding of diplomas - August 2021
Another 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!
Virtual conferral of degrees and awarding of diplomas - previous ceremonies 2021
Virtual conferral of degrees and awarding of diplomas - previous ceremonies 2020
About the Ceremonies Department
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.
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
- Section head: Suzelle Buys
- Administrative officer: Daleen Gey van Pitteus
- Senior administrative assistant: Rethabile Dube
Tel 018 299 2623