About Us, Convocation


About Us

The Convocation consists of former students (alumni) who have obtained a degree or diploma from the NWU or its predecessors, as well as all current members of the University’s permanent staff.

Membership can only be obtained through a formal application and payment of the prescribed fee of R50 for lifelong membership.  It is a statutory body of the NWU, meaning it is recognised in the University’s statute as part of the formal governance framework.

The purpose of the Convocation is to promote the well-being of the NWU by safeguarding its image, traditions and interests and by serving as a bridge between members of the Convocation and the University. The Convocation is represented on the University Council and also works closely with other structures such as the Alumni Association that promotes interaction between the University and its alumni.

Please click here to read the section of the NWU Statute that refers to the Convocation.


According to paragraph 32(1) of the Statute of the North-West University (NWU), every graduate of the University or its predecessors is eligible to be nominated to become a member of the NWU Council and to vote in an election of such Council members in accordance with paragraph 5.

The first term of Mr PJW Buys, previously elected from the ranks of the Convocation in 2015, will expire on 16 March 2018. 

Members of the North-West University Convocation are hereby invited to nominate one eligible person in terms of the Statute, paragraph 32(1) and the Rules for the nomination, election, designation and appointment of Council members (paragraph 8) as approved by the Council on 24 April 2017 and available athttp://www.nwu.ac.za/sites/www.nwu.ac.za/files/files/i-governance-management/policy/1P-1.3_Rules%20for%20the%20appointment%20of%20council%20members_e.pdf

Please click here for a notice with the relevant details as well as a nomination form.

Nominations, signed by the proposer, at least two seconds and the nominee must reach the Office of the Registrar, Secretary of the Convocation, for the attention of Prof Marlene Verhoef, at the following e-mail address: CIGS-elections@nwu.ac.za, by no later than 12:00 on 14 March 2018. The nomination process will be followed by an election if more than one valid nomination is received.


Yours sincerely

Prof M Verhoef