The Convocation is a statutory structure provided for in paragraph 49 of the University Statute. According to paragraph 49 of the University Statue, the Convocation consists of the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, the Registrar, academic employees and all persons who are or become graduates or diplomates of the University or its predecessors and such other persons as the Council may determine.
Academic employees on the permanent staff of the University, professors’ emeriti and other retired academic employees who were employed by the University for at least five years prior to retirement are also members of the Convocation.
Convocation plays an important role in helping to shape the future of the University. This importance is reflected in its representation on the governance structures of the University. This structure has an important role to play in promoting and maintaining a positive image of the University and engaging in fund-raising activities for the University.
In terms of the Institutional Statute, Convocation is represented on the University Council and the Institutional Forum, and as such has a role to play in ensuring that the University is working in the best interests of the public, and more specifically the stakeholders who are served by the University, including current and former students.
Management and Resourcing of the Convocation
The relevant offices in relation to the work of the Convocation are the Office of the Registrar and the Advancement and Partnerships Office, under which the Alumni Relations Office resides.
As the Secretary of the Convocation, the Registrar renders all secretariat and administrative functions in relation to the activities of the structure.
Convocation Office bearers