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Graduations

The 2024 graduation clusters are as follow:

  • 26 March – 05 April 2024
  • 08 July – 12 July 2024
  • 09 December – 13 December 2024

Deadline date for students to pay outstanding fees for the March/April graduation ceremonies is the 26 February 2024.

Please check this website regularly for further details. 

Entry to Campus

All graduation ceremonies will take place in the Great Hall, on East Campus.
Please note that all the graduation ceremonies will be live streamed to accommodate family members and friends who may not be invited to attend.
The link will be available on the Wits Graduation website: www.wits.ac.za/graduations.

 

Tickets
  • You are allowed to bring along two (2) guests only. No additional guests or children under the age of seven (7) years will be allowed.
  • You will receive an access QR-code via email as well as an SMS to the mobile number that you have provided. You will be required to share this access QR-code with your guests (restricted to two (2) guests ONLY). This code will be scanned at the entrance of the Great Hall. No person without the official university access code for the specific ceremony will be admitted. 
  • Kindly note that graduation tickets are not for sale.
Arrival Time

The collection of your academic attire and the taking of photos require at least an hour of your time. It is therefore recommended that you arrive at least 90 minutes before the commencement of the ceremony. Guests need to be seated at least 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony in the Great Hall. 

Doors will be closing 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Registration

Make your way to the Exams and Grad Office registration desk inside Room 228 (RS228), Robert Sobukwe Building (previously known as Central Block). Here you will receive your name card, which you will have to give to the Dean/Dean’s representative on the stage. Please always keep your name card with you.

Academic Attire

Graduation academic attire is hired in Room 228 (RS228), Robert Sobukwe Building (previously known as Central Block), on the day of your graduation ceremony. You must ensure that you have the correct academic attire, and you must wear your full academic attire when entering the Great Hall. Please take note that all graduation attire will be sterile and sanitised. All academic attire can be hired from House of Graduates by contacting them via their website: #. http://houseofgraduates.co.za/

2024 Price List House of Graduates

Procedures during the Graduation Ceremony

Please take note of the following procedures that will take place before the graduation ceremony. 

Graduands 

  • Always keep your graduand card with you, as you will need to show the card to the Dean before crossing the stage.
  • Please take note of the following:                                       
    •  Hand your graduand card to the Dean at the podium as s/he or they will need to read your name from the card.
    • Stand on the spot marked next to the podium for the University photographer to take your photograph.
    • Move to the desk where the Chancellor / Vice-Chancellor and Principal are seated.
    • The Chancellor / Vice-Chancellor and Principal will cap you.
    • You will walk to the member of Convocation who will be standing at the end of the stage and who will hood you.
    • Stand on the spot marked on the carpet facing the audience whilst the official University photographer takes a final stage photograph of you.
  • Take your scroll and degree certificate as you exit from the stage.
  • The University photographer will take a photograph of you before you re-enter the Great Hall.
  • After the ceremony, proceed to meet your guests outside the Great Hall and have your graduation photos taken by the official University photographer in the graduation marquee on the piazza, in front of the Great Hall.
  • Please complete the graduate exit survey before you leave the Great Hall. 

Guests: 

  • Your guest/s in the Great Hall needs to be seated at least 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. 
  • All guests are reminded that flash photography is not allowed, and cellphones must be placed on silent during the ceremony. The use of a vuvuzela, whistle, or any noise-emitting instrument during the ceremony is prohibited and will be confiscated. Inappropriate behaviour towards the staff will not be tolerated and protection officers may be requested to remove people who disrupt the proceedings at any stage. Children under the age of seven (7) years will not be allowed into the ceremony. 

   

Please direct any queries pertaining to your ceremony to the Examinations and Graduation Office via help.EGO@wits.ac.za or call (011) 717-1272.

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