By | April 20, 2022

Today, Nelson Mandela University begins the Gqeberha leg of its Autumn Graduation season with the capping of more than 7000 graduates, including 52 doctorates.

An additional 23 ceremonies will be held, after three were successfully hosted in George, and will run until 5 May at the Madibaz Indoor Centre on South Campus.

Honorary doctorates

The first ceremony this morning for graduates in the School for Economics, Development and Tourism in the Faculty of Business of Economic Sciences, will also see the conferring of an honorary doctorate degree for Mr Sindiso Mfenyana.

The liberation struggle stalwart, who wrote Walking with Giants and was the first black Secretary to Parliamentis one of three distinguished individuals being honoured by the institution for their service to society.

The others are media personality Ms Noxolo Grootboom, for her commitment, among other achievements, to the upliftment of the linguistic heritage of South Africa and acclaimed paediatric cardiologist and former Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the late Professor Lungile Pepeta. The award will be made posthumously for his contributions as a paediatric cardiologist, medical researcher, academic and activist, and for being a medical pioneer, particularly in child healthcare.

Safety protocols

The University is excited to be hosting its Autumn graduation season in person but is mindful that the coronavirus pandemic is still active.

For this reason, COVID-19 protocols still need to be observed.

To enable good management of the event, please note the following:

  • Entry for the graduate and two guests, is by ticket only.
  • Graduates and their guests will need to show the result of their self-screening  on their mobiles at the entrance to the hall

Compliance officers will be on hand to help manage access and ensure that everyone respects social distancing rules and wear their masks in the hall.

Be prepared

Graduates and their guests should build additional time into their journey to the campus, especially given the additional checks at the entrances.

Full information regarding times, ticket collection, photography, collection of certificates and the like has been sent directly to graduating students.


For those who are unable to attend, all 23 ceremonies will be livestreamed

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Congratulations to all our graduates! Our appreciation also goes to those who have supported them on their journey to attaining their qualifications.

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