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20 December 2016

Dear first year student,

Welcome to the University of Pretoria (UP). 

Congratulations on becoming part of our dynamic and diverse student community where your academic success and holistic well-being matters.

Welcome Day is one of the most important days in the University's academic calendar when we formally receive our first year students and their parents or guardians as part of the UP family and community.

You and your parents or guardians are invited to this year's event taking place on 28 January 2017 at the Rembrandt Hall on the UP Sport Campus in South Street, Hatfield.   

In order to accommodate all first year students and parents or guardians, two sessions are planned.

The first session will commence at 08:00 and the second at 10:00. At both sessions, the University's senior leadership team will be introduced and the Vice Chancellor and Principal of UP, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, will address the new students and their families.  Both sessions will be preceded by a formal procession of the University's executive and deans.

Sessions are scheduled as follows:

Group Time Faculties Residences
Group 1 08:00

Economic and Management Sciences





TuksVillage, Olienhout

Boekenhout, Mopanie, Taaibos, Maroela, Katjiepiering, Kollege, Kiaat, Inca, Lilium, Zinnia

Group 2 10:00

Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology

Health Sciences

Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Veterinary Science

Erika, Asterhof, Madelief, Magrietjie, Jasmyn, Klaradyn, Nerina, Hatfield Studios, Curlitizia, Tuks Bophelong, Olympus,Tuks Naledi

To ensure the success of this event please pay particular attention to the session you are allocated to.


Please take note of the following arrangements:

  • Students and their guests will be required to present their identity document or driver's license to gain access to the venue.
  • Guests to be seated 30 minutes before the procession starts.  Seats are limited in the Rembrandt Hall.
  • Other services available on the day include contracts, student finance, registration and card issuing.  Please click HERE for more information.




UP Camerata Choir

Welcome and introduction

Prof Tinyiko Maluleke

Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal


Prof Cheryl de la Rey

Vice-Chancellor and Principal


UP Camerata Choir


Mr Henrico Barnard

Chairperson of the Temporary Student Committee



The Welcome Day session will be live streamed to the venues outside Rembrandt Hall to accommodate a possible overflow of guests and will also be posted on the University website.

Please remember to keep a close watch on the official channels of the University such as the website and the Facebook and Twitter pages for any changes to the schedule and for more information on registrations and orientation.

We look forward to seeing you on 28 January to celebrate your matric success and placement at UP. We are honoured that you chose UP as your institution of higher learning.





    2017 Orientation programme 

    Click here to visit the Online Registration website

    Click here to visit the Orientation website

    Academic Support Orientation Sessions







- Author Department of University Relations
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