Virtual Graduation Ceremony of the Faculty of Society and Economics

On January 15th 2021, the Faculty of Society and Economics said goodbye to its graduates in their first Virtual Graduation Ceremony. After the festive ceremony, virtual meetings were held within the study programmes.

For the Virtual Graduation Ceremony of the Faculty of Society and Economics, 76 graduates were registered. Including further guests and members of the university, a total of 120 people took part in this festive occasion. Prof. Dr. Jakob Lempp, Professor for Political Science with a focus on International Relations and the Head of Studies for the Bachelor’s Programme International Relations, moderated the ceremony. He announced the numerous speeches and honours throughout the event. The opening speech was delivered by Prof. Dr. Tatiana Zimenkova, Vice President for Internationalisation and Diversity, and representative of the Executive Board. The graduates were further welcomed and congratulated by the Dean of the Faculty of Society and Economics, Prof. Dr. Ralf Klapdor. Musical entertainment was provided by Prof. Dr. Thomas Pitz, who played his own great pieces of music on his home piano.

The Katjes Prize, worth a total of 1,000 euros, was awarded again this year. Theses from the Faculty of Society and Economics from the previous year that have received a very good grade can be nominated for the prize. The selection is made by representatives of the university and the company according to criteria such as the practical relevance of the topic, the innovativeness of the solution approach, the practicability of the results and the scientific standards. The Katjes Award was conferred by Mr Jürgen Kucken, Head of Human Resources, to Ms Sophie Schnieders, Gender and Diversity B.A., and to Ms Alice-Christin Guth, Sustainable Development Management, M.A..

Student Emilia Neuber from the International Relations, B.A. degree programme is this year's winner of the ZONTA Award at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. The award winner was recognised for her outstanding achievements in her studies, her social commitment, and her remarkable social competence. Prof. Dr. Gregor van der Beek, Professor of Economics with a focus on Finance, suggest her for winning this price. The President of the ZONTAClub Niederrhein, Thea Remers, presented the certificate digitally for now, but will also physically hand it over to Emilia Neuber at a later date, along with the prize money of 1,000 euros. The ZONTA award recognises committed female students and is intended to encourage them to stand up for other people.

Die besten Abolvent*innen sind Anne Vossen aus dem Studiengang Kindheitspädagogik, B.A. und Sofia Alexandra Serrano Escamilla aus dem Studiengang Sustainable Development Management, M.A..

The best graduates are Anne Vossen from the study programme Early Childhood Education, B.A. and Sofia Alexandra Serrano Escamilla from the study programme Sustainable Development Management, M.A..

Following the ceremony, the graduates met virtually in rooms specifically set up for their study programmes, where they were able to exchange ideas with each other as well as with professors and staff. The atmosphere there was very informal and pleasant. They talked about what they had experienced since finishing their studies at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences – many are pursuing a Master's degree after graduating with a Bachelor's degree, others already start their professional careers.

Congratulations to all Graduates!