Graduation ceremonies 2017: magic moments
The long-awaited graduation ceremonies for Bachelor’s and Master’s students in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne took place on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 December. It was another record year for the number of participants (graduates and guests), with around 1,300 people attending each ceremony. A review of the figures and a look back at some magic moments of two events that will remain engraved on the memory of everyone who took part.
A memorable, symbolic experience for our graduates
The two ceremonies are key events in the Faculty of Business and Economics’ academic calendar and very important for the HEC Lausanne's Deanship. Apart from the ever-increasing number of people who take part, graduation ceremonies carry a particular symbolism for graduates of HEC Lausanne, who wear traditional academic attire (gown and cap) for the occasion.
Four graduates gave a short, personal account of their years of study during the two ceremonies: Léo Picard and Claire-Una Fitzgerald spoke during the Bachelor’s ceremony and Amélie Bui and Inês Stettler at the Master’s.
Claire-Una Fitzgerald reflected on how her studies had encouraged her to give the best of herself: “My undergraduate years helped me realize that I didn’t need a dream to be able to move forward. What matters most, in my view, is being 100% dedicated to your short-term goals, whether those are a group project to be submitted in a week, the stand you are looking after as part of your association activities or helping out as a classroom assistant... It’s by investing 100% in these objectives that you produce the best projects, discover the best opportunities and have the best experiences.”
Amélie Bui spoke of her own best experiences: “To sum up these past five years at HEC Lausanne: I have some wonderful memories, mainly time spent with the people I’ve met here, from all kinds of different backgrounds and perspectives.”
Exceptional figures and a unique program
Some 425 Bachelor’s and 439 Master’s students were awarded their degrees during the two ceremonies. Organizing the two events involved around 100 people each evening, including the program itself, communications and the technical and logistical aspects. Professors, members of administrative and technical staff and students were involved and their support and commitment were greatly appreciated.
The ceremonies featured a number of musical interludes, performed by the singer and pianist Salomé Raymond, accompanied by Samuel Boutros on drums, Yen-Yu Chang on the vibraphone and dancer Thomas Gréaux.
Some of the highlights of each evening will remain engraved on the memory of everyone who took part: the festive atmosphere, throwing up the caps, the conviviality of the drinks reception and the two photo-booths installed specially for the event. Congratulations to all our graduates and all the best for your future plans!
par Myriam Bango (Faculté des HEC)