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1. Ceremonies

Graduation Ceremonies for Autumn 2017 will be conducted between 13 March 2017 and 18 May 2017. Graduation Ceremonies for Winter 2017 will be conducted between 22 May 2017 and 15 June 2017. Graduation Ceremonies for Spring 2017 will be conducted between 26 September 2017 and 17 October 2017.

Graduation Letters for Spring Ceremonies will be available for download by Wednesday, 6 September 2017.

Subsidised programme ceremonies commence 2 October and end 17 October 2017.

Continuing Education Ceremonies will be conducted on 27 and 28 September 2017. Refer to department for further details.


2. Academic Dress 

The gowns and hoods will be hired out at the following rates in 2017.

*Please take note of the changes to the academic attire from September 2017. The standard stole and hood components of the complete outfit are only available from the official gown suppliers assigned by the University of Johannesburg.

Beware of unscrupulous suppliers who provide graduates with incorrect attire and badly constructed imitations with incorrect design and colour combinations, as you will not be able to exchange components obtained elsewhere with the official suppliers. The correct attire is a strict requirement for graduation.


Academic attire is hired out at the following rates and the deposit and the hiring fee are paid at the venue on the day before your ceremony starts – it is thus essential that you arrive timeously to allow for this:


Outfit HireHireRefundable Deposit= Total

*Diploma outfit:

Comprises a hat, gown, standard stole and hood



*Bachelor's degrees outfit:

Comprises a hat, gown, standard stole and hood


*Honours degrees outfit:  

Comprises a hat, gown, standard stole and hood


*Master's degrees outfit:  

Comprises a hat, gown, standard stole, master's stole and hood.


*Doctoral degrees outfit:  

Comprises a hat, gown, doctoral stole and hood

R530.00R500.00R1 030.00
* Only cap, under stole or hood:R160.00R300.00R460.00



Dippenaar & Reinecke will be on campus every day for the duration of the graduations.
For purchasing of gowns and hoods: Phone Dippenaar & Reinecke (012) 343-2945/7.

The gowns will be issued in the UJ Auditorium foyer two hours before the ceremony. The payment of the deposit and hire fee is made at the graduation venue on the day of the ceremony.

You can also purchase a gown directly from Dippenaar and Reinecke. If you already possess a gown, it must be of the same quality and design as those of the above suppliers. Hoods and standard stole: You must hire or buy the applicable hood and standard stole for the qualification that is being awarded from the above supplier.


3. Seating Arrangements

Tickets for the candidate's seats will be issued in front of UJ Arts Centre on the Auckland Park Kingsway campus.

Tickets for the candidates' guests will be included. Candidates must take their seats 45 minutes prior to the opening of each ceremony.

4. Number of guest tickets

  • Certificates, diplomas, bachelor's, honours and master's degrees: 3 guest tickets
  • Doctoral degrees: 5 guest tickets   


5. Babies and children

You are kindly requested not to bring babies and children under the age of five to the ceremonies.

6. Photographs and Frames

The official photographers for UJ are as follows:

Gordon Harris Photographic Studio (tel [012] 430-3725). They will be available to take photographs on campus. Frames will be on sale during the week of graduation.

For CEP Programmes:

The Image Factor: (tel [0861] 666601). They will be available to take photographs in on campus.

7. Doctoral candidates

All candidates are kindly requested to convene 30 minutes prior to the ceremony at the foyer of the UJ Art Centre.

8. Frequently asked questions

Click for a list of frequently asked questions regarding graduation


9. Dates of Ceremonies

Graduation dates for Autumn 2017 will be published by 6 February 2017.

Graduation dates for Winter 2017 will be published by 17 April 2017.

Graduation dates for Autumn 2017 will be published by 22 August 2017.

10. Graduation Plaques

Click here​ for information on graduation plaques.


11. Telephone numbers for enquiries 

The following telephone number must please be DIALLED ONLY if the information in this letter is not entirely clear to you. It is NOT necessary to confirm that you will attend the ceremony.

Information Centre: (011) 559-4555