Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Graduation Celebrations at WHU
On September 22, 2012 WHU held the graduation celebration for four degree programs at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. The graduates of the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration as well as the doctoral candidates received their diplomas during the graduation ceremony in the Kulturhalle in Ochtendung. Together with families and friends, the future alumni were once again able to look back on their years of study and celebrate the special occasion.
Professor Michael Frenkel, Dean of WHU, congratulated the graduates and praised the extraordinary level of social and civic engagement put forth by the students during their demanding studies. According to Frenkel, the students not only looked beyond the world of business, but also had a decisive impact on the school and on the proverbial WHU spirit. The Dean emphasized that a successful career and fulfilling life depends on long-term orientation, patience, endurance, and humility: "I challenge you not to orient yourselves to quarterly results and short-term successes." He also stressed that those who take on leadership responsibility should also be aware that others will orient themselves to their model: "It is not only about your professional abilities, but about what you stand for as a human being."
The guest speakers were the politician and former CEO of the KfW Banking Group, Ingrid Matthäus-Maier, and the Director of the Cambridge Judge Business School, Professor Christoph H. Loch. In her speech, Ingrid Matthäus-Maier challenged the WHU graduates to take responsibility both in their careers and in society. "Do not forget that not all people live on the sunny side of life," the politician stressed. She pointed out that social peace is not only a moral, but also an economic category – it is not for nothing that Germany has so successfully weathered the crisis so far. The social market economy also offers a competitive advantage in economic terms. In his speech, Professor Christoph H. Loch emphasized the importance of a global perspective for the next generation of leaders. Europe can only remain competitive when the tone-setting leaders can transcend thinking in narrow categories, he stated. Professor Loch demonstrated his confidence that the WHU graduates, with their internationally-focused education, are optimally prepared for these challenges.
A special highlight of the graduation was the traditional WHU ball, which took place this year in the spa hotel in Wiesbaden.