Everything you need to know about a virtual graduation

The pandemic has stopped a bunch of 2020 plans and among these was the Autumn Graduation. This is the one day students get to celebrate their accomplishments with friends, family and colleagues.

The Autumn Graduation usually takes place from late March into early May, but due to COVID-19, the Autumn Graduation 2020 has been cancelled and in some cases postponed.

This season, graduates across the country will not be able to walk the stage and receive their qualifications in the traditionall ceremony.

These varsities chose virtual route

However, certain universities decided to hold a virtual graduation to celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments.

So far the University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of The Western Cape, Stellenbosch University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal have conducted virtual graduations and the Durban University of Technology is set to hold their virtual graduation next week.

Here’s what you need to know about virtual graduations.

In absentia

All virtual graduation ceremonies will be conducted “in absentia”. This usually happens when a graduate is unable to attend the ceremony, but due to the national lockdown where large gatherings are prohibited, all graduates will be graduating in absentia by default.

Streamed videos

Universities will be uploading their virtual graduation videos on YouTube and the university website which will be available for students to stream.

Degree certificates made available

The universities will provide graduates with their actual certificates of their qualifications. There will be different options for this, graduates can receive an electronic copy of their certificate or the university can courier the certificates to the graduate’s home.

Actual virtual ceremony

All the formalities of a traditional ceremony will take place whereby the authoritative figures still deliver their speeches. This is the legality of a degree being conferred in a ceremony.

Each university builds on this differently, like the University of KwaZulu-Natal who partnered with SABC3.



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