The Durban University of Technology (DUT) congratulates you on your achievement. This webpage contains important information that is designed to make your graduation as flawless and enjoyable as possible. Please make every effort to read and understand the contents.

NOTICE: Kindly contact your Faculty Office to confirm that your name is on the graduation list.  The Faculty will provide graduates with all relevant documentation.

 

PREPARING FOR GRADUATION

AM I ELIGIBLE TO GRADUATE?

In order to receive your graduation invitation, you must fulfill all requirements for your qualification in terms of the faculty and general institutional rules in order to obtain your qualification. Should you be uncertain, please liaise with your faculty. Graduation information will be communicated via the graduation web page, your DUT4Life email and student portal, click here to access student portal.

 

If you have not heard anything about graduation, it could be due to the following possible reasons:

  • If you have changed your contact details without updating them on the university’s system, you may not receive the relevant communication.
  • If you have completed a supplementary exam, your results may not be on the University’s system. Please log on to student portal to check your academic record.
  • If you have completed credits from another tertiary institution, the results may not yet be on the University’s system or you may not have submitted the required documentation for the credit. Please contact your relevant Faculty Office urgently.

Should you have queries of an academic nature, contact your respective Faculty Office. The details are listed below.

 

MIDLANDS CENTRE
Accounting and Informatics
Tel: 033 845 8820
Email: zamandosic@dut.ac.za
Engineering and the Built Environment
Tel: 033 845 8951
Email: lindit@dut.ac.za
Health Sciences
Tel: 031 373 2566
Email: Lindaa@dut.ac.za
Arts and Design
Tel: 033 845 8927 / 033 845 8959
Fax: 033 845 8936
Email: upasnar@dut.ac.za / sandrak@dut.ac.za
Management Sciences
Tel: 033 845 8815
Email: manjub@dut.ac.za

 

DURBAN CAMPUSES
Accounting and Informatics 
Tel: 031 373 5520/5418/5152/5670
Fax: 031 086 262 6836
Email: sandram@dut.ac.za
Email: deborahs@dut.ac.za
Email: bongekilen@dut.ac.za
Applied Sciences
Tel: 031 373 2506/2717/3036
Fax: 031 373 2175
Email: jessican@dut.ac.za
Email: siphamandlam@dut.ac.za
Email: fas@dut.ac.za
Arts and Design
Tel: 031 373 6520
Fax: 031 373 6518
Email: ntandox@dut.ac.za
Email: rajesp@dut.ac.za
Engineering and the Built Environment
Tel: 031 373 3040/2186/2718/2716/3041
Email: singhn@dut.ac.za
Email: mazibukv@dut.ac.za
Email: thandekaz@dut.ac.za
Email: denishag@dut.ac.za
Email: sazisom@dut.ac.za
Health Sciences
Tel: 031 373 2702/2446/2566
Email: Lindaa@dut.ac.za
Email: Benedictal@dut.ac.za
Management Sciences
Tel: 031 373 5441/5157/6339/5403/5156
Fax: 086 674 1216
Email: pregashn@dut.ac.za
Email: simeonr@dut.ac.za
Email: LindiweZ1@dut.ac.za
Email: Nokuthulas1@dut.ac.za

WHEN WILL I KNOW THE GRADUATION DATE AND TIME?

Please click on this link 2019 Autumn Graduation Schedule to get your graduation date, time and session.

HOW DO I CONFIRM MY ATTENDANCE?

The enclosed reply card must be completed and returned to NkululekoJ@dut.ac.za or it can be dropped off at Division of Corporate Affairs: Graduation Office, Botanic Mansions Building, Steve Biko Campus, Gate 1, Durban at least 7 days prior to your graduation date even if you are not attending.

 

MIDLANDS

 

DURBAN

 

It is important to indicate whether there are any guests with disabilities in order for us to prepare accordingly.

ACADEMIC ATTIRE

WHAT TO WEAR UNDER THE ACADEMIC ATTIRE?

In keeping with the formal nature of our graduation ceremony, we would like to remind you that the dress code is formal or traditional. DUT reserves the right to prevent you from crossing the stage should you be dressed inappropriately.

Students wearing high heels should note that you would be required to walk up a staircase onto the stage and off the stage via another staircase. You are advised to wear comfortable shoes and exercise caution to prevent falling

 

HOW TO HIRE OR PURCHASE YOUR ACADEMIC ATTIRE?

You may purchase or hire your academic attire from House of Graduates who are the official suppliers  They will provide the correct attire for your qualification. Please see enclosed order form Order Form Midlands- 2019 / Order Form DUT Durban- 2019 on how to order or purchase your academic attire.

 

Contact Details

House of Graduates
Tel: 031 301 8015
Email: info@houseofgraduates.co.za

ACADEMIC ATTIRE COLOURS AND STYLES

You are not permitted to wear academic dress pertaining to previously obtained qualifications.

There are four styles of hoods. Each style indicates the level of academic achievement. Your hood must reflect your faculty colour as follows:

Faculty Colour
Applied Sciences Amethyst
Arts and Design Union Jack Red
Accounting and Informatics Ultra Marine Blue
Engineering and the Built Environment Emerald Green
Health Sciences Royal Purple
Management Sciences Calamine Blue

 

GENERAL ACADEMIC DRESS SPECIFICATIONS PER QUALIFICATION LEVEL

Qualification Specification for academic dress and headwear
Doctoral Degrees Union Jack Red gown with long-pointed sleeves pulled up in faculty colour. A hood and an oval Doctor’s bonnet with faculty coloured cord and tassels. You should not wear the Doctor’s bonnet before the certificate has been received.
Masters Degrees Black gown with long-pointed sleeves, pleated up with champagne cord and button.A hood and a black mortarboard with black tassel. You should not wear the mortarboard before the certificate has been received.
Bachelors Degrees,
National Diploma,
Higher Diploma
Black gown with long pointed sleeves, pleated up with a black ribbon.A hood and a mortarboard with a blacktassel. National You should not wear the mortarboard before the certificate has been
received.
Certificate Black gown with long-pointed sleeves, pleated up with a black ribbon.
No mortarboard and hood is required.

MY NAME IS INCORRECT ON THE SYSTEM OR MY SURNAME HAS CHANGED, HOW DO I UPDATE THIS?

  • Please ensure that your full name is correctly reflected on the system as per your birth certificate and identity document/passport.
  • If your name is incorrectly reflected on your DUT record or you have legally changed your name, please complete the Change of Personal Details Form and submit a copy of your identity document/passport to your relevant Faculty Office. In the case of marriage or divorce, please submit a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.
  • Please note that all submissions for name changes must be made at least 30 days prior to the date of the graduation ceremony.

Change of Personal Information Forms:

 

THE DAY OF THE CEREMONY

MIDLANDS

WHERE IS THE GRADUATION VENUE AND WHERE DO I PARK?

Parking: Sports Ground, Indumiso Campus and FET Parking
Venue: Indumiso Campus, Indumiso Hall, 15 FJ Sithole Road, Pietermaritzburg

 

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I ARRIVE?

When you arrive at the ceremony, report to your allocated table in the demarcated area outside the hall ONE-AND-A-HALF HOURS before the commencement of the ceremony.

 

HOW DO I OBTAIN MY SEATING CARDS?

You are requested to show either your Student Card, ID or Passport when collecting your seating card.
A seating card with your name, qualification and seat number will be handed to you, together with your guest tickets. Please ensure that you sit according to your seat number.

Graduands must be seated 20 minutes before the ceremony starts. Doors to the graduation venue will close punctually at the start time.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I ARRIVE LATE FOR THE CEREMONY?

Latecomers will not be admitted into the venue after the ceremony has started and will be directed to the overflow venue where they can watch the ceremony through live streaming.

 

HOW DO I OBTAIN SEATING CARDS FOR MY GUESTS?

You may invite a maximum of two guests to attend the ceremony with you. We regret that no extra guests can be accommodated.

Children under 10 years are not allowed into the ceremony
Strict security control will operate during the graduation ceremony. Please be advised that no persons will be allowed access to the ceremony without a guest ticket.

The guest tickets will be available for collection at the demarcated area at the graduation venue at 07:30 for the 09:00 ceremony, 12:30 for the 14:00 ceremony and at 16:30 for the 18:00 ceremony.

 

WHAT ARE THE SEATING ARRANGEMENTS FOR MY GUESTS?

Guests must be seated in the graduation venue at least 20 minutes before the ceremony starts.
Seats for guests are not reserved by name, ushers will be on standby to seat guests accordingly. Doors to the main hall will close punctually at the start time.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY GUESTS ARRIVE LATE FOR THE CEREMONY?

Guests arriving after the ceremony has started will not be allowed into the venue and will be directed to the overflow venue where they can watch the ceremony through live streaming.

DURBAN

WHERE IS THE GRADUATION VENUE AND WHERE DO I PARK?

Parking:    Gates 5 and 9, Steve Biko Road (formerly Mansfield Road)
Venue:       Fred Crookes Indoor Sports Centre, Steve Biko Campus, Steve Biko Road

 

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I ARRIVE?

When you arrive at the ceremony, report to your allocated table in the foyer of the Sports Centre ONE-AND-A-HALF HOURS before the commencement of the ceremony.

 

HOW DO I OBTAIN MY SEATING CARDS?

You are requested to show either your Student Card, ID or Passport when collecting your seating card.

A seating card with your name, qualification and seat number will be handed to you, together with your guest tickets. Please ensure that you sit according to your seat number.

Graduands must be seated 20 minutes before the ceremony starts. Doors to the graduation venue will close punctually at the start time.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I ARRIVE LATE FOR THE CEREMONY?

Latecomers will not be admitted into the venue after the ceremony has started and will be directed to the overflow venue where they can watch the ceremony through livestreaming.

 

HOW DO I OBTAIN SEATING CARDS FOR MY GUESTS?

You may invite a maximum of four guests to attend the ceremony with you. We regret that no extra guests can be accommodated.

Children under 10 years are not allowed into the ceremony

Strict security control will operate during the graduation ceremony. Please be advised that no persons will be allowed access to the ceremony without a guest ticket.

The guest tickets will be available for collection at the demarcated area at the graduation venue at 07:30 for the 09:00 ceremony, 12:30 for the 14:00 ceremony and at 16:30 for the 18:00 ceremony.

 

WHAT ARE THE SEATING ARRANGEMENTS FOR MY GUESTS?

Guests must be seated in the graduation venue at least 20 minutes before the ceremony starts.

Seats for guests are not reserved by name, ushers will be on standby to seat guests accordingly. Doors to the main hall will close punctually at the start time.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY GUESTS ARRIVE LATE FOR THE CEREMONY?

Guests arriving after the ceremony has started will not be allowed into the venue and will be directed to the overflow venue where they can watch the ceremony through live streaming.

WHAT IS LIVESTREAMING?

  • Livestreaming refers to the ability to transmit and receive live video and audio coverage of an event.
  • Guests arriving late will be directed to an alternative venue where they will be able to watch proceedings as they happen.
  • Our livestream link can be accessed via https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwWwcbY5rzoYX8Y-xbMgH8Q/live, which becomes active at 10:00 and 13:00 for the Midlands ceremonies and at 09:00, 14:00 and 18:00 for the Durban ceremonies on the day of the ceremony.

HOW LONG IS THE CEREMONY EXPECTED TO LAST?

Your ceremony is expected to last approximately 2 hours. As a courtesy, please do not leave the venue until the ceremony is concluded. You and your guests are expected to remain seated for the full duration of the ceremony.

WHAT IS THE CEREMONY PROTOCOL AND ETTIQUETTE?

You must rise when the academic procession:

  • Enters the hall at the commencement of the ceremony and remain standing until the stage party is seated.
  • Leaves the hall at the end of the ceremony.

WHAT TO DO ON STAGE?

DIPLOMA AND DEGREE RECIPIENTS

  1. When prompted by a DUT staff member, you will walk onto the stage from the left carrying your seating
    card in your right hand and your hood over your left arm.
  2. Once on stage, you will hand your card to the Executive Dean, who will read out your name.
  3. After your name has been read out, the card will be returned to you. You will then walk towards the
    Chancellor who will confer the degree by lightly tapping your head.
  4. You will then approach the Registrar, who will be at the end of the stage. You will hand your hood to the
    Registrar and then turn to face the audience.
  5. A photograph is taken once the Registrar places your hood over your shoulders.
  6. You will then leave the stage, after which your degree/diploma/certificate will be handed to you.
  7. You will return to your seat and remain seated until the ceremony is concluded.

 

CERTIFICATE RECIPIENTS

  1. When prompted by a DUT staff member you will walk onto the stage from left-hand side.
  2. Once on stage, you will hand your card to the Executive Dean, who will read out your name.
  3. After your name has been read out, your card will be returned to you.
  4. Then walk towards the Vice-Chancellor who will congratulate you with a handshake.
  5. Then approach the Registrar where a photograph will be taken.
  6. You will then leave the stage, after which your certificate will be handed to you.
  7. Return to your seat and remain seated until the ceremony is concluded.

WHERE DO I TAKE GRADUATION PHOTOS?

An accredited photographer has been appointed to take your official photographs on stage.

The official photographer will have a marquee outside the venue as well where you may take additional photographs. Your guests should refrain from taking their own photographs and any recording during the ceremony. Please do not use photographers that are outside the campus.

The accredited photographer will issue details to you on the day of your graduation for payment and collections.

HOW DO I GET A COPY OF A GRADUATION PROGRAMME?

Links to all programmes per session – Graduation Programmes will be uploaded 2 weeks prior to graduation. A graduation programme will be handed to you on the day of graduation.

COMPLETE THE GRADUATION SURVEY

You will have the opportunity to complete a Graduate Survey at your graduation ceremony. Graduate Surveys are important in helping to improve students’ experience at the DUT. The University therefore requests your co-operation in completing this survey questionnaire. Your response is anonymous.

HOW DO I CONTACT THE GRADUATION OFFICE?

For further assistance our contact details are

Graduation Office Contact Details: 031 373 2521/2462/2938

Office Hours: 08h00-16h30, Monday to Thursday, 08h00-15h00, Friday

Physical Address: Division of Corporate Affairs, Botanic Mansions Building, Ground Floor (Gate 1) Steve Biko Road (Old Mansfield Road) Steve Biko Campus Durban

GENERAL

Vuvuzelas, whistles or any noise emitting instruments are strictly prohibited and will be confiscated in the hall.
Guests may take photographs and may film the ceremony from their seats only,

 

CERTIFICATES

HOW DO I COLLECT MY GRADUATION CERTIFICATE?

Certificates are issued during the ceremony, immediately after you have crossed the stage.
Certificates will not be issued before the graduation ceremony.
Certificates will not be emailed to candidates.

PROCEDURE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ATTEND THE CEREMONY

If you are unable to attend your ceremony you may collect your degree/diploma/certificate by producing your ID document at your Faculty Office one week after your graduation ceremony. Your driver’s license will NOT be accepted when collecting certificates.

 

If you are sending someone to collect your certificate on your behalf, you would need to comply with the following procedure:

  1. Complete the enclosed authorization form below (Click on the relevant Faculty link below to obtain the form)
  2. The bearer must produce an ID/passport document.
  3. The bearer must produce a certified copy of the graduate’s ID/passport.

Collection of Information by Third Party:

I DID NOT ATTEND MY GRADUATION AND WOULD NOT LIKE TO CROSS THE STAGE AT A LATER DATE; HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO COLLECT MY CERTIFICATE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  • Certificates will only be issued to candidates during the ceremony, immediately after crossing the stage; however, should you be unable to attend your graduation, you may arrange for your certificate to be collected.
  • Collection of certificates begins one week after graduation ceremonies.
  • Certificates will NOT be issued before the ceremony or immediately after the ceremony.
  • Arrangements to collect certificates must be made with the relevant Faculty Office prior to collection.

 

If you are sending someone to collect your certificate on your behalf, you would need to comply with the following procedure:

  1. Complete the enclosed authorization form below (Click on the relevant Faculty link below to obtain the form)
  2. The bearer must produce an ID/passport document.
  3. The bearer must produce a certified copy of the graduate’s ID/passport.

Collection of Information by Third Party:

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE OUTSTANDING FEES?

You will be allowed to attend the graduation ceremony, however, you will NOT receive your degree/diploma/certificate, until all outstanding fees are settled.

 

Those wishing to check their financial status at the University should contact the following  numbers:

+27 31 373 5164/2379/5334 and 5248 or

log on to the Student iEnabler Portal via http://dutstudent/Pages/Default.aspx

 

AFTER GRADUATION

ALUMNI OFFICE

NOW THAT I HAVE GRADUATED, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

  • Now that you have graduated, you officially become a member of the alumni community.
  • Alumni of the Durban University of Technology belong to a distinguished network of graduates whose competencies, successes, and contributions enable them to make their mark wherever they may be. Our alumni community provides a true reflection of our institution’s quality, image, and reputation.
  • Your involvement is important for the growth and development of the Durban University of Technology. The Alumni Office is committed to keeping you informed and engaged and welcomes your suggestions for events, engagement opportunities, and better communication.
  • Get in touch with the Alumni Office via our website www.dutalumni.com or via email: alumni@dut.ac.za
  • We request that you make contact by continuously updating your details so that you maintain your lifelong link with DUT, your Alma Mater. We also urge you to follow us on Twitter: @DUTalumni, like us on Facebook, “DUT Alumni” and on Linkedin at “@dutalumni”.