Election of the President of Convocation

The Convocation is a legally constituted body which includes approximately 300 000 alumni of the University as its largest constituency. Members of the University’s executive, deans of faculties, all current permanent academic staff, professors emeriti and other retired academic employees also form part of the Convocation. As a key stakeholder group, the Convocation has a vested interest in the stature and success of the University. The University’s Convocation structures are regulated by the provisions of the UP Statute (2018) and the Institutional Rules of the University.

The President of the Convocation

The President of the Convocation plays a pivotal role as Chairperson of the Convocation Advisory Board (ex officio) and as one of the four Convocation members on Council. As such, he/she will collaborate closely with the Vice-Chancellor and Principal and with the Registrar of the University.

This position, which runs for a term of five years, has been vacant since August 2017. The University of Pretoria has commenced the process of electing a President of the Convocation in June 2019. The nomination and voting processes are described below.


Convocation members are invited to nominate suitable candidates with the requisite stature, qualifications and experience from amongst the ranks of the Convocation to fill the vacant position of President of the Convocation for a five-year term.

The first nomination period was from 3 to 18 June 2019. This was followed by a second nomination period between 15 and 29 August 2019. Nominations are now closed.

Source: University of Pretoria