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Graduation – entry by ticket only

Nelson Mandela University is introducing a ticket-only entry system for all its Graduation ceremonies, starting in December, as it is obligated to meet new events safety regulations.

The University is equally committed, however, to ensuring that the ceremonies are as well supported as ever within the accepted regulations.

Each graduate will personally receive full details of the graduation process as soon as grauting students have been approved for graduation. The new system requires graduates and their families to be at the hall at least an hour before the start of the ceremony. 

How it will work

Four guest tickets per graduate

Each graduate will personally receive access to four guest tickets and a ticket for themselves. In the case of PhD recipients, the candidate will receive five guest tickets. This information will be shared directly with the candidates.

Candidates will receive a personalized email from TicketPro (the graduation ticket vendor) which will provide a link to the TicketPro website and their own tickets.  Students are then encouraged to print their own tickets (no one else will have your numbers), or collect their tickets from TicketPro, either at the Standard Bank branch at the Kraal or at the Madibaz Stadium from Monday, December 10.

By printing your own tickets you will help alleviate the rush for tickets prior to the ceremonies. If you are going to collect your tickets from campus, you are advised to do this prior to the ceremonies to avoid queues.

Entry by ticket only - guests

Graduation guests will present their tickets for scanning at an entrance into a cordoned-off grass area adjacent to the Madibaz Indoor Centre where graduation takes place.

Graduating students

Graduating students must go directly to the holding area on the far side of the Madibaz Indoor Centre with their tickets where they will gather in readiness to be part of the graduate procession into the hall. This is another new intervention aimed at improving and transforming this milestone occasion.

Students must be in the holding venue by 08:30 for the morning sessions and 13:30 for the afternoon sessions. Full details on the procession will follow.

Overflow venue

An overflow venue for those students who wish to bring additional guests has been factored into arrangements. This will be in the tented holding area once the graduates have processed into the main hall.

Guests will be able to watch live streaming of the ceremony.

Should places still be available in the main hall once the ceremony has begun, excess tickets will be distributed to the additional guests on a first-come, first-served basis. They will then be escorted into the hall at an appropriate time.

Lost tickets

If you lose your tickets, you will need to reprint them or collect a new set from the official ticket office.

If you have other concerns contact

Contact information
Ms Warda Mohamed
Tel: 27 41 504 4301