CPUT hosts its first ever digital graduation ceremony

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Cape Peninsula University of Technology Picture: David Ritchie/African News Agency(ANA)

A graduation is one of the most important events in any university’s calendar, but like tertiary institutions around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the institutions to find an alternative to the traditional ceremony.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology will be celebrating the success of hundreds of its graduands during two digital ceremonies to be held on June 25, 2020, at 10 am and 2pm respectively. The institution is the first university to host a digital graduation which differs from virtual graduation in that it has a more personal touch.

Graduands were invited to upload a photo and personal message on the university’s portal. These messages and photos will be displayed on screen along with the name, qualification and where applicable, cum laude status when the Dean reads out the graduands name.

The actual ceremony will be held but no graduands or audience will be present. This is due to the Covid-19 social distancing guidelines. Graduands and their families will however be able to watch the ceremonies on several platforms.

A special digital graduation website will also be created and this will enable graduands to download the ceremony video, a personalised slide with their photograph, message and qualification and the official graduation programme. Details of the digital graduation website will be announced closer to the date.