Durban University of Technology’s in-person graduations welcomed

Durban University of Technology to host in-person graduations.

Durban University of Technology to host in-person graduations.

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) student leadership has welcomed the decision by the institution to host physical, in-person graduations.

The institution’s graduation ceremonies were suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic and lockdown regulations.

Alan Khan, senior director of corporate affairs at DUT, said the ceremonies would be held at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) from Monday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 20.

He said the Midlands ceremonies would take place at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg between Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, July 27.

ALSO READ | UKZN to host in-person graduation ceremonies

“The use of face masks is compulsory for all physical graduation events,” he said.

A total of 9 081 students would graduate from the class of 2021, said Khan.

The university’s student representative council (SRC) said they welcomed this decision as it was what they had been calling for since the beginning of the academic year.

The SRC said in their various engagements with the institution, they had presented a number of reasons why this year’s graduation ceremonies should be physical.

The SRC said:

“I think students are very happy and especially knowing that they will be graduating at a prestigious venue such as Durban’s ICC. According to the information we have, that has never happened before and we are happy about that.”

“What makes us even more happy is that almost all programmes are now going to be held in person and open to all students going forward,” they added.