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2-4 September 2022


Join in the Centenary Celebrations with a range of events for the whole family over this special Alumni Homecoming Weekend. Come and enjoy exhibitions, film screenings, musical and theatre performances, campus tours, a spectacular light show as well as school, class and sports reunions.

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Celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime milestone, uniting generations of Witsies 

Centenary Parade | Friday, 2 September | 13h00

It happens once in 100 years. Join the Wits celebration! Leave your lectures and take to the streets! Floats and processions reminiscent of RAG, a Wits fundraising tradition that started in 1922. With the theme of Celebrating #Wits100, Dress Up. Turn Up.

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Welcome Event

Alumni Welcome Event | Friday, 2 September | 18h00 – 19h00

Join us for an evening of cocktails to kick off the special Alumni Homecoming Weekend. Collect your Centenary goodie bags and enjoy performances by the Wits Choir. There will be historical displays of Wits artefacts and memorabilia, and a visual display of light-based research in the foyer of the Physics Building.

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Light Show at Great Hall | Friday, 2 September | 19h00 – 21h00

Visible Resonance is a multimedia activation of the Wits Great Hall facade, marking the centenary celebration of Wits, using light drawings, improvised movement and sound to deliver a dynamic and poetic reading of the University’s past, present and future trajectory. The light show is conceptualised and facilitated by Marcus Neustetter and The Trinity Session and produced in collaboration with BS Sound & Lights, OMAi and participating artists.

Music Concert | Saturday, 3 September | 12h00 – 02h00

It’s been 51 years since the first Free People’s Concert was held at Wits in 1971. In the true spirit of the Free People’s Concert, this will be a family day that will have performances that will cater to all audiences. We will have an Arts and Crafts Market, A children's play area, Beer Garden, Gin and Champagne Bars and of course, a Food Court.

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Scholarship Board Unveiling | Saturday, 3 September | 16h00 – 17h00

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, and Alumni Relations will host a ceremony to unveil the Fulbright/Mandela Rhodes/Rhodes Scholarship boards now housed in the foyer of the Great Hall. This is an opportunity to honour and celebrate all recipients of these prestigious scholarships over cocktails.

Founders Tea 2019

Founders' Tea | Sunday, 4 September | 10h00 – 13h00

This special Wits tradition celebrates alumni who graduated more than 40 years ago. As one of the highlights of the year, Wits Alumni Relations is honoured to have the former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke as a guest speaker. This year we welcome the Classes of 1980, 1981, and 1982 to their first Founders’ Tea.

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Origins Centre | 2 – 4 September 2022 | Free Entrance

Opened by President Thabo Mbeki in 2006, the Origins Centre is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind. It contains evidence of ancient stone tools, artefacts of symbolic and spiritual significance, and examples of the region’s visually striking rock art. The Centre offers free entrance during the Homecoming Weekend.

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Yebo Gogga| 2 – 6 September 2022 | Free Entrance

This free interactive science exhibition has a strong emphasis on biology. The theme this year is Coming of Age. All living things go through various life stages. The concept of ‘Coming of Age’ can also apply to organisations and the state of knowledge.

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Wits School of Arts | 2 – 4 September 2022 | Multiple Locations

The Arts are so much more than entertainment! Let our stories transport you to a knowledge plane only the Arts can access. Join us as we celebrate Wits and its artful alumni, offer meaningful engagement, and showcase its creative excellence in Africa.

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