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Nelson Mandela University conferred its qualifications in absentia this year, saluting the 4447 students who would have celebrated at the Autumn Graduation.


While the University still intends to offer graduates the opportunity of walking across the stage to be capped, at a later date, we recognise the achievements of those who completed their studies in 2019.

Of the 4 447 students who received their qualifications in absentia, 297 obtained their masters and 55 their doctorates.

These student numbers are in addition to those who graduated in December, as part of the class of 2019. All told 6918 students graduated after completing their studies last year, including 415 masters and 97 doctoral students.

The Faculty of Science again produced the highest number of doctorates with 19 new PhDs – in addition to the 18 who graduated in the faculty in December. Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology has 12 new doctorates, Business and Economic Sciences nine, Health Sciences eight and Humanities five.

Several staff members were among those to have obtained postgraduate qualifications, including three who obtained doctorates in psychology.

The qualifications were awarded at a special Executive Committee of Senate meeting on Friday, 24 April 2020, that was presided over by the Chancellor, Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, as provided for in the Statute of the University.

Listen to the Chancellors speech.

This decision to award the qualifications in absentia was reached to enable students to receive their graduation certificates without having to wait for the postponed ceremonies.

The names of all the April 2020 graduates appear on their respective Faculty list on our graduation website.