On Friday, September 27, 220 graduates of the Bachelor of Science, 74 of the Master of Science in Management, 16 of the Master of Science in Finance and 9 of the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship of WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management celebrated their graduation. This year's graduates received their well-deserved certificates in the Stadthalle in Vallendar and celebrated the joyful occasion together with their families and friends.
In his greeting to the graduates, Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU, humorously summarized the path of the Bachelor of Science Class of 2019 from application to graduation. In his welcoming address to the Master's graduates, he reflected on WHU's development and mission to bring forth the best-educated graduates. For the future, Rudolf wished them "Courage and Commitment" and that they like the things they do and at the same time that they do things excellently.
Congratulations also came from Dr. Carsten Jungmann, Program Director Business Law at Bucerius Law School before the graduation. This was followed by speeches by Dr. Karl Gernandt, Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of Kühne + Nagel International AG and Professor Dr. Martin R. Stuchtey, co-founder and managing partner of SYSTEMIQ.
For the tenth time already, the In Praxi Alumni Association honored a Bachelor's and a Master's thesis which have the potential to influence both the economy and society. The "In Praxi Outstanding Thesis Award" for the best Bachelor's thesis was presented to Hendrik Schülzchen. In his thesis "Digitalization to Foster Climate Protection - An Analysis of the Boundaries", Schülzchen investigated to what extent digitization can contribute to climate change mitigation at the household level. Marie Walter was awarded the prize for the best master's thesis. In her work "Elections 2019: Lessons Learned?," she analyzed the formation of political opinion in social media in collaboration with Facebook. Both graduates wrote their theses at the Chair of Digital Marketing under the supervision of Professor Dr. Christian Schlereth.
Finally, the personal speeches of the respective class speakers and musical performances of the graduates and students rounded off the festive day. Special thanks from the Bachelor's class went to Professor Dr. Maximilian Müller, who received the Best Teacher Award. Following the closing ceremony, a festive ball awaited the graduates in the Rhein-Mosel-Halle in Koblenz.