Official statements & graduation certificates

Official statements

The official university statement you receive confirming completion of your qualification is a legal and valid document which can be produced as proof of completion, pending receipt of your degree/diploma certificate.

Collection of certificates

Students whose qualifications are conferred in absentia will be notified via e-mail and SMS of when and where to collect their certificates. Please note that the Spring graduation ceremonies will be presented at only three venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. Failure to collect a certificate at the Durban and Cape Town venues will result in the certificates been taken to Pretoria for safe keeping.

Please note the following in this regard:

  • All certificates are kept at the Muckleneuk Campus. 
  • Certificates may only be collected during office hours (Muckleneuk Campus only).
  • An identity document, valid passport (foreign students) or South African driver's licence are required for verification purposes.

If you send someone to collect a certificate on your behalf, please take note of the following additional requirements:

  • A signed letter of consent, which includes your contact details and the identity number (RSA) or passport number (foreign students) of the person who is to collect your certificate.
  • Certified copies of both your ID/passport/licence and the person collecting on your behalf. 

Duplicate certificates

Duplicate certificates will not be issued under any circumstances. If your certificate has been lost, stolen or destroyed, Unisa can issue a statement in lieu of a lost certificate.

Please contact the Division: Graduations at and provide a sworn affidavit in which you declare the loss of the original certificate, a covering letter which includes your contact details and a certified copy of your identity document or passport.

This document will be forwarded to you in PDF format. 


Students who received certificates issued in Afrikaans may request that their certificates be translated into English. 

Forward your request to Include a certified copy of your ID, a copy of your certificate, and letter confirming your student number and contact details. This document will be forwarded to you in PDF format. 

Please note that Unisa does not have digital copies of certificates available.

WES Canadian applications

Forward all enquiries to Ms Stemmet at 

Short course certificates

All enquiries related to short course certificates should be directed to 

Students who have completed a short learning programme must contact the relevant centre, bureau or institute for information about the issuing of their certificate(s).

Last modified: 2022/11/02