The year 2020 proved to be a challenging one for MBA students at WHU. Social distancing rules shifted an on-campus format into a hybrid one and forced the programs to adapt throughout the year. At the end of their MBA journey, students normally have the opportunity to meet and celebrate together their accomplishments in January at a graduation event in Düsseldorf.
With social distancing measures still in place, however, 146 graduates from the Full-Time and Part-Time MBA classes of 2020 participated in the first virtual graduation on January 29, 2021. Despite being held via Zoom, this online celebration with more than 300 participants captured the energy and passion of the graduates, and the community spirit felt amongst all involved. Graduates from around the world clapped and cheered for their classmates, as they threw their mortarboards into the air to signify officially receiving their MBA degree.
The event included congratulatory speeches from the Dean of WHU, Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Professor Dr. Martin Fassnacht, Academic Director MBA, and program director Gerold Gnau. The session also offered thoughtful insights from keynote speaker Carsten Knobel, CEO of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, and an address from Part-Time MBA alumnus Patrick Breuer, a board member of WHU alumni association In Praxi, reminding the students of the power of the network.
Students virtually presented their ‘Best Teacher Award’ to Professor Dr. Garen Markarian for his ability to teach finance in an engaging way and to Professor Dr. Christian Andres for his similarly approachable and enthusiastic style.
The #1 ranked Full-Time MBA Program takes place over 12 months, while the Part-Time MBA takes place on weekends for 24 months. Both programs challenge students with new perspectives, combine practical methods with personal development, sharpen their leadership acumen, and broaden their entrepreneurial mindset.