• We compiled our favourite moments from the recent graduation ceremonies at SA's universities into one video.

The recent graduation season in South Africa offered a number of memorable moments, as students increasingly break the stiff status quo of graduation etiquette.

These have included wearing traditional gear to graduations, bringing family members onto the stage, and a "Noami Campbell walk".

Some universities have been happy to drop the formal part of graduation formalities. Others like the University of Johannesburg, reserves the right to disallow graduates from crossing the stage if they are dressed in a way the university considers "inappropriate".

Business Insider SA compiled a video of our favourite moments, which includes the graduation of the actress Nomzamo Mbatha from the University of Cape Town. She dropped out of the university in 2012, but since then she felt like the was wearing ''the face of failure'' all the time.

"Despite all the things that I was achieving, it just wouldn't go away," she says.

Five years after leaving the university, she returned to complete her BCom Accounting degree, and honoured deceased loved ones on the dress she wore to the graduation. 

The video also features Kulani Maluleke, who graduated from the University of Johannesburg with an honours degree in strategic communications. Her grandmother, Susan Mabasa, could not attend her graduation due to ill heath. This was the first graduation of a grandchild that she missed. So Kulani took the party to her grandmother's Chiawelo home in Soweto where they broke out in song together. 

"This moment was important for me because I strongly believe that my grans prayers helped me accomplish getting this degree. She believed in me more than I did probably most of the time. I owed it to her to celebrate this with her," Maluleke told Business Insider.

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