Ceremony for international master's students
Mille Millnert at the Ceremony
The first LiU wide graduation ceremony for international master’s students took place today, Wednesday 10th June, at Östergötland’s County Museum. The ceremony is the first to bring together international master’s students from the four faculties, and is in addition to the faculties’ own graduation ceremonies.
The planned reception on the roof terrace had to be moved inside due to the weather but as a consolation the museum waived the entrance fee to the exhibitions for all attendees. Today’s ceremony had a distinctly Swedish theme.
“We thought it would be a good idea to have traditional Swedish music and confectionery, such as östgötakringlor, which are a sweet pretzel like pastry. And we also chose the location with this in mind as it represents much of the history and culture of both Linköping and the surrounding county”, says Helena Iacobeus, International master’s student coordinator.
The ceremony consisted of speeches by Helena and LiU’s Rector Mille Millnert and music by Strängar & Rör (Strings and pipes), a group of folk musicians who are also LiU students.
Mille Millnert spoke of how LiU’s Swedish graduates are amongst the most successful in Sweden and through this have helped to build LiU’s positive image. He hoped that the international graduates’ would continue to build LiU’s reputation internationally, through excellence in their careers. He went on to say that he hoped they would always carry a part of LiU with them, with fond memories.
“I think this ceremony is incredibly important. It is good to have a festive end to the years of hard work, to add to the memories of LiU”, says Mille Millnert. “I also think it shows that we care about our international master’s students, and how much they are part of what we do.”
The Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences, Karin Mårdsjö Blume, also emphasised the significance of this event. “I think it is really important that this ceremony takes place, it shows the university being more joined-up in its approach to its students. I do hope it will continue. I also thought it was great to see music performed by other students.”
Sherrie, from China, who has just finished her master’s studies in Language and Culture in Europe, enjoyed the ceremony. “I think it is important to have a joint ceremony. It was a good chance to meet not just other students but also the Rector. I think the Faculty ceremony was probably more important as this was where we received our official documents but this has its place too.”
Helena concluded the ceremony by encouraging the students to join LiU’s Alumni network, mentioning the benefits of this large social network with regular reunions. So to use the words of Mille Millnert, this was not a good bye – more a ‘until next time’!
Last updated: 2009-06-10