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A number of exciting changes are being planned for Graduation starting with the December sessions as part of the institution’s commitment to transformation that resonates with our new identity as Nelson Mandela University.

These improvements, informed by the key findings of staff, alumni and student focus groups and an online survey, will be introduced in a phased approach.

Ticketing system
In line with new, stringent public safety requirements for all major events, the University needs to comply with these rules and as result is introducing a ticketing system for all graduates and their guests. Graduates will receive four tickets for their guests which they will secure from TicketPro. Entrance will be by ticket only. More details

Overflow venue
Additional guests will be accommodated in the overflow venue adjacent to the hall to view the live-streaming of the ceremony on a big screen (see map on this page)PLEASE NOTE: if there is space after all the graduates and their guests with tickets have been seated, guests in the overflow venue will be given tickets on a first-come-first-served basis and ushered into the main hall during a specific gap in the programme. 

For the first time, at the start of the ceremony all graduating students will enter the hall at 9:15am in a procession befitting of this milestone occasion. 

Graduating students will meet in a holding venue alongside the Madibaz Indoor Centre an hour prior to the session (8.30am or 1.30pm) to be shown what to do during their capping, before they proceed into the hall.

To ensure that the ceremonies start on time, please collect your tickets and gowns well in advance to avoid queues. Graduates must be seated in the holding venue one hour before the ceremony (i.e. 8:30am and 1:30pm). 

African flavour
Music, entertainment and décor reflective of our diversity as a “dynamic African university” will gradually be introduced to the ceremonies, in line with the feedback from the survey. 

Sign language interpreter
A sign language interpreter will be on stage and feature as an insert on the video live-stream for those who are hearing impaired. 

The official photographer for the stage photographs is "Photos in Seconds". They will also have a tent for family photos in the parking area next to the Clubhouse where gowns are collected (see map). A social photographer will also be walking around taking photos of graduates and their family/friends for social media.