UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Replacement of Lost Certificates

The University only issues ONE ORIGINAL certificate per graduate. Certificates are issued to graduates and diplomates at graduation ceremonies. 

We do not print certificates for short courses.  Liaise with the respective department where course was attended.  

Re-issuing lost or stolen certificates
This office has strict procedures for re-issuing lost certificates. Should the original degree certificate be lost or damaged you may request a certified copy of the original. An affidavit signed by a Commissioner of Oaths must be provided with the following details of the applicant:

Full names, address, telephone number

Name of degree

Date and year of graduation

Identity number

Oath swearing that the original was lost / stolen

This may be sent to the Examinations and Graduation Office, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050 or faxed to 086 579 6590
The copy of an original certificate is R150.00 (Certificates to be collected or courier collection at applicant's cost).

Certificate requests takes approximately 10 working days to process.


Please note:Only Mini Certificates (A4 size) can be printed for the Johannesburg College of Education prior to 2001. The cost of a mini replacement certificate is R50.00. (Certificates to be collected or courier collection at applican't cost) and will take approximately 10 working days to process.

Download the Mini certificate application form.

Uncollected certificates
Certificates for alumni who have graduated in absentia or were unable to attend the ceremony must sign for and collect their certificates from the office/ arrange for courier collection.  The alumni must produce his/her identity document before the certificate is handed over.

Graduands who have graduated in absentia or were unable to attend the ceremony must collect certificates (or courier collection at graduand cost)  within 3 months of their graduation.  Thereafter certifiates are destroyed and you will be liable for the cost of a new certificate.