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Bachelor Class of 2017 Celebrate their Graduation

On Friday, September 29, 2017, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management celebrated the conclusion of the Bachelor of Science 2017 program with students receiving their degree certificates during a graduation ceremony at Rhein-Mosel-Halle, Koblenz. Together with their families and friends, the future alumni were able to look back on their years of study as they celebrated the happy occasion.

Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU, and Dr. Carsten Jungmann, Program Director of Bucerius Law School, welcomed the many guests and congratulated the graduates. Rudolf divided his opening speech into three parts, adding a touch of humour to each with the inclusion of some amusing statistics. The first touched on the students’ lives at the beginning of their time at WHU, before moving on to the following three years of study. He pointed out that the students had each made over 1000 PowerPoint slides, spent 50 hours of their studies writing exams, had been involved in 26 student clubs, and had together circled the earth running on the treadmills in the WHU gym. He then focused on the celebratory occasion of graduation and the next steps for the graduates. “What is important, is that what you do is fulfilling – then you will do it well”, said Rudolf. He ended his speech with a special thanks to Dr. Gianfranco Antonio Calabretti, Chairman of the WHU Foundation. 

Keynote speaker Oliver Blume, CEO of Dr. Ing. Hc F. Porsche AG, based his address on the history of mobility – highlighting how mobility changes lives, and how mobility will change in this digital age. Stating that we live in a world of radical change, Blume questioned whether virtual mobility might one-day substitute physical mobility. With this, Blume encouraged the fresh graduates to stay open minded and curious in all of their endeavours. 

After the presentation of certificates by Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf and Dr. Steffen Löv, Director of the Bachelor Program, Carolin Christ, the year representative of the 2017 graduate class, addressed her fellow students in an emotional speech. Christ stressed that not only did they build a team, but they learned a lot along the way. Her parting words encouraged her classmates to dream big, but to always remember their anchor – WHU. 

The Best Teacher award for the best lecture on the Bachelor of Science program went to Jun. Professor Dr. Anna Alexander Vincenzo and Professor Dr. Tillmann Wagner this year. 

The ceremony concluded with a closing address from Dr. Marco Vietor, a member of the In Praxi Managing Committee. Vietor presented the In Praxi Best Thesis Award to Philip Harms and Till Oltmanns, for their project entitled “Technological Innovation and the Future of Senior Care”. Vietor concluded with two pieces of advice for the graduates – do not stop learning and be thankful – before officially welcoming them to the alumni association.

Guests were also treated to musical interludes throughout the ceremony, with performances by Amelie Meyer-Mölck, Freya Oehl, Noah Leonavicius, Fritz Sitte, and Julian Käfer, highlighting the many talents of the students at WHU.