GradStar Awards

GradStar Awards

The Top 100 competition is a Rising Star and GradConnection initiative. Numerous suppliers will be involved in delivering components of the selection process, however Rising Star and GradConnection will ultimately be responsible for managing the selection process throughout, and ensuring that the experience for candidates, universities & employers is innovative and best practice.


The GradStar Awards are a way to recognise the Top 100 Students across South Africa and to connect them with potential employers, in turn giving employers a chance to develop long lasting relationships with the top talent in the country.

This is an annual event that brings students, their universities and the most popular graduate employers in South Africa together to celebrate success across the entire industry. It is the culmination of the stringent selection process that has filtered thousands of university students nationwide to find the top 100 students who not only excel academically, but who are also well rounded and possess leadership skills. It is also a chance to celebrate the most popular employers in South Africa.

When and Where

In 2016 GradStar Awards will take place on 27th & 28th September 2016 in Johannesburg.


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Dr David Molapo

Dr David Molapo

Our Programme Patron, Dr David Molapo, has recently been tasked by the Office Of The President and the Department of Education with the responsibility of putting together 16 events celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Youth Day on 16th June 2016.

Dr Molapo has fully endorsed the GradStar Awards, saying;

“This is a worthy programme, designed to uplift the student youth at this time of unrest and provide an aspirational platform to assist them in achieving their potential. I urge you, as the employers and educators of South Africa, to support this initiative and help create this exciting network of young people.”







University partners…

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