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

Membership can only be obtained via a formal application and payment of R50 membership fee for lifelong membership. It is a statutory body of the NWU, which means that it is recognised in the University’s Statute as part of the formal management framework.

The aim of the Convocation is to promote the welfare of the NWU by protecting its image, traditions and interests and to serve as a bridge between the members of the Convocation and the University. The Convocation is represented on the University Council and also works closely with other structures like the Alumni Association, which promotes the interaction between the University and its alumni. This is the perfect way to let your voice be heard about the management of your alma mater.

Please click here to read the article about the NWU’s Statute, which refers to the Convocation.



According to paragraph 33(1) of the Statute of the North-West University (NWU), every graduate of the University or its predecessors being a member of the NWU Convocation 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 6.

The second term of mr Bert Sorgdrager will come to and on 27 July 2023 due to the effluxion of time. He is eligable for a third and final term.

Nominations closed on 21 April 2023 and were audited.

One valid nomination was received by the closing date of 21 April 2023 and noted by the Executive Committee of Council on 10 May 2023. The valid nomination was Mr Bert Sorgdrager.

A meeting of two members from the Convocation appointed by the President of the Convocation and the Registrar had taken place on 31 May 2023 to assist the Registrar with the validation of the outcome of the process.

It was confirmed that Mr Bert Sorgdrager had been validly nominated and in accordance with the Rules, was therefor validly elected by the Convocation for a third term from 28 July 2023 to 27 July 2026.


Yours sincerely

Prof mARLENE verhoef

Registrar and secretary to the convocation



Who are the Convocation representatives?

A new executive committee for the NWU’s Convocation was elected at the triennial general meeting of the Convocation on 23 April 2021.

Front Middle: Mr Bert Sortgdrager - Chairperson
Front Left: Mr Nkosinathi Tom - Deputy Chairperson
Front Right: Adv Marelize Kruger - Bursar
Additional Exco members:
Back from the left: Ms Roslyn Lodewyk, Mr Tutu Kgobane, Ms Karien Brits and Mr Bongani Mahlangu. Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg in absentia.

Convocation representatives
We look forward to their contribution to the NWU Convocation.
Apply here for membership of the Convocation

Convocation constitution

As a formal structure of the NWU the Convocation is regulated by clearly defined rules and procedures that are set out in the NWU’s Statute.

In terms of the Statute, the Convocation comprises all graduates and diplomates of the University and its predecessors, namely the University of North West and the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, which merged in January 2004 to form the NWU.

The Statute grants certain rights and responsibilities to members of the Convocation. Every member has the right to be nominated to represent the Convocation on the University Council and to vote for its members on the Council.

Members also vote for the Convocation chairperson and for the executive committee (EXCO). The EXCO manages the process of electing the representatives of the Convocation on the Council, administers the Convocation and works closely with management on various matters.

Please follow the link for more information: Constitution of the Convocation

Membership and application form

Every graduate and diplomate of the NWU and its predecessors has the right to belong to the Convocation. However, this only occurs via an application and is NOT an automatic action. Membership of the Convocation is also open to current permanent staff members of the University.

To become a member of the Convocation, you must complete a membership application form and pay the once-off nominal sum of R50.

In terms of the Statute of the NWU the amount of R50 is payable to become a member of the NWU’s Convocation. This is for lifelong membership if you are an alumnus. Payment can be made in two ways:

Payment option 1

Any enquiries can be addressed to Nicolize van der Walt at the Convocation Office: 018 2852594 or by email:

Payment option 2

Make a payment to NWU Convocation at:

  • North-West University
  • 670640086
  • ABSA Noordbrug
  •  335-138

Payment reference: CON + initials + surname (for example, CON R Nel).

Email the deposit slip/proof of payment and this application form to or mail it to:

  • Office of the Convocation,
  • North-West University
  • Private Bag X1290,
  • Potchefstroom 2520.

Your application cannot be processed without this complete documentation and proof of payment.