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Wits Confers Degrees and Honorary Doctorates Online

The Chancellor of Wits University, Dr Judy Dlamini constituted a congregation on 7 July 2020 as per the University’s statutory requirements, in order to confer the July 2020 graduation cluster of degrees, diplomas and certificates, in a closed ceremony.

[WATCH] A video of the closed July 2020 graduation ceremony in which the Chancellor, Dr Judy Dlamini, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Adam Habib and the Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Postgraduate Affairs, Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi, congratulate graduands on their achievements.

Witsies who have successfully completed their qualification can only be issued with a certificate once details appear on an official graduation programme and the qualification is conferred in accordance with the University’s rules. The names of all graduands appear in the graduation booklets.

Graduates will still have a chance to participate in a stage-crossing ceremony when circumstances permit. Over 1 200 graduands from five faculties would have walked across the stage in the Wits Great Hall this week. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the traditional graduations have not taken place.

How to get your certificates

Graduands for this cluster will have the option to either:

  • Complete the Certificate Request Form if you would like EGO to courier your certificate. Please note that due to the high volume of certificates to process, this may take up to 14 days to be delivered.
  • Collect your certificates, from the EGO office, located on the 2nd Floor of Solomon Mahlangu House, between 09:00 and 16:30, when the University reopens.

Wits bestowed honorary doctorates on two great South Africans on 7 July 2020 – Professor Emeritus Isidor (Issy) Segal, a renowned gastroenterologist and Dr John Kani, the legendary artist.

Honorary Doctorates

Professor Isidor Segal

Professor Isidor Segal was awarded a degree of Doctor of Science in Medicine, honoris causa. Segal has led the teaching and training of gastroenterology specialists on the continent and his academic unit models have been used by global organisations. Segal started his career as a general practitioner in Soweto and established South Africa’s first Gastroenterology Unit in 1975 at the then Baragwanath Hospital. The 87-year-old dedicated his life to ameliorating gastrointestinal disease in Africa, to improving the standards of healthcare for patients and to inspiring confidence that Africa can contribute to finding solutions to the continent’s health problems.

Read the full citation and his speech on receiving the honorary doctorate.
[WATCH] Honorary Doctorate Citation at Graduation Ceremony.

Dr Bonisile John Kani

Dr Bonisile John Kani was awarded a degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa. Kani is one of the pioneers of contemporary theatre in South Africa and his legacy is embedded in performance cultures, theatres and learning spaces across the globe where it is studied, performed and archived for future generations. As an artist and social activist, Kani has used his work to interrogate complex sociopolitical matters and contributed, through his art, to the liberation of South Africa. Today, his voice remains as commanding, critical and forthright about our country’s current social circumstances as it was during the darkest days of the anti-apartheid movement.

Read the full citation and listen to his speech on receiving the honorary doctorate.
[WATCH] Honorary Doctorate Citation at Graduation Ceremony.

Honorary Doctorate Citation : Isidor Segal
Honorary Doctorate Citation : Bonisile John Kani