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Overriding safety concerns in line with COVID-19 regulations pertaining to large gatherings, means Nelson Mandela University will again be hosting its Graduation sessions virtually.

The 2021 Autumn Graduation season will consist of six virtual sessions running from Thursday, 22 April until Friday, 30 April, as shared in the attachment.

Safety First

Several universities nationally are already experiencing cluster outbreaks of infections, and Mandela University wishes, as far as possible, to try to avoid similar scenarios on its own campuses.

The present lockdown restrictions only allow for a maximum of 250 people to gather in an indoor venue while also following all COVID-19 protocols. The University’s academic procession often compromising close to 50 staff members alone, along with as many as 400 graduates, already exceeds the above maximum.

Celebrate safely at home

Just as was the case in December 2020, the University is encouraging you to celebrate this milestone occasion at home with only your immediate family and closest friends in order to remain safe.

Until such time as South Africa has achieved herd or population immunity through the vaccination rollout programme, we all need to remain vigilant and continue to adhere to COVID-19 regulations.

Honorary doctorates 

Three individuals whose exceptional commitment and service to society will be recognised with the awarding of honorary doctorates at three of these online sessions.

They are well-respected businesswoman Ms Gloria Serobe, a pioneer in the field of broad-based economic empowerment for women; Professor Martin Tsamenyi, an internationally respected academic, lawyer and expert whose life’s work is the relationship between humankind and the sea; and author, speaker, and integrative healer Ms Mmatshilo Motsei.

More details as to their special achievements will be shared in subsequent communication in the lead up to this milestone occasion for Mandela University and its graduating students.

Administrative support

Administrative staff have been working long hours to make up time to support the Graduation process because of the knock-on effect that the pandemic has had on the 2020 Academic Year. Many students only officially completed their studies at the end of February, and others still needed to write examinations or pass re-writes in early March.

The present circumstances make the achievements of the class of 2020 all the more special. All are worthy of praise for overcoming various challenges in completing their studies in the midst of the pandemic.

For all related Graduation information and support, visit our graduation website

Contact information
Mrs Debbie Derry
Deputy Director: Communication
Tel: 041 504 3057