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Graduation Ceremony Procedures

After the speech, the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor will say that he/she confers degrees and diplomas on the persons whose names appear in the Graduation programme.

Then the Deputy Vice-Principal will call upon the Dean of the Faculty to present the candidates for degrees and diplomas.

DEGREE CANDIDATES

  1. The graduand ascends the stage and waits with the Hood draped over the left arm. Each graduand must hand his/her name card to the Dean who will announce the candidate. 
    Senior Doctorate and PhD candidates hold their bonnets in their left hands. In the case of Doctoral degrees, the Dean will read a short description of the thesis. 
    In the case of Masters Degrees (by dissertation), the Dean will read the title of the dissertation.
    NOTE: Each graduand must remain beside the Dean until his/her name has been announced.
  2. The graduand then walks across to the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor who will cap the graduand and shake his/her hand.
  3. Thereafter, the graduand moves further across the stage to the President of the Convocation and hand his/her hood to the President's assistant. The graduand turns around and faces the audience while the President of the Convocation places the hood over his/her shoulders. The President of the Convocation congratulates the graduate and shakes his/her hand.
    Senior Doctoral and PhD candidates then places their bonnets on their heads.
    The graduate then proceeds to the end of the stage to receive his/her degree certificate and scroll and leaves the stage through the South-East passageway for a photo.
  4. After the photo has been taken the candidate walks up the passageway and re-enters the Great Hall through the Centre (middle) door, returning to his/her seat along the centre aisle.

DIPLOMA/CERTIFICATE CANDIDATES

PLEASE NOTE THAT DIPLOMA/CERTIFICATE CANDIDATES DO NOT RECEIVE HOODS AND ARE NOT CAPPED

  1. The diplomate ascends the stage and hands his/her name card to the Dean who will read out the name of the candidate. Each diplomate must remain beside the Dean until his/her name has been announced
  2. The diplomate then approaches the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor who shakes his/her hand.
  3. The diplomate then moves to the President of the Convocation who congratulates the diplomate and shakes his/her hand.
  4. The diplomate then proceeds to the end of the stage to receive his/her diploma certificate and scroll and leaves the stage through the South-East passageway for a photo. 
  5. After the photo has been taken the candidate walks up the passageway and re-enters the Great Hall through the centre door, returning to his/her seat along the centre aisle.

There will always be an Usher or Graduation Officer on hand to direct and assist candidates on this prestigious day.

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