Master’s students say goodbye to LiU
Graduates of the international master’s programmes at Linköping University (LiU) said goodbye to their teachers, classmates and their time as students at the Farewell Ceremony on 11 June.
Parents were there, friends were there, as well as representatives of the LiU staff, and they all wanted to congratulate the students soon to start their working life. The event took place at Nationernas Hus in Linköping and it hosted about 150 students.
“It’s been two great years. It feels unbelievable to be here,” said Anna Bauer from Germany, graduate of the Business Administration – Strategy and Management in International Organisations (SMIO) programme. She will soon go back to her home country and start looking for work.
Sartish Kottravel from India (to the left in the picture), graduate of the Advanced Computer Graphics programme, was happy to take part in the Farewell Ceremony. Looking back at his time as a student he could say that he enjoyed it and appreciated it.
“The education system is much different than in in my home country. It’s more flexible and more challenging.” Now he is hoping to continue with his PhD studies at LiU.
During the ceremony students were handed a congratulatory scroll by the Vice-Chancellor and they were dedicated farewell speeches from teacher and student representatives.
“Without your own efforts you wouldn’t be here today,” said Helen Dannetun, Vice-Chancellor of Linköping University, in her congratulatory speech to the students.
“You leave from here today with more knowledge, more skills and many new experiences and memories,” Ms Dannetun added, marking the end of an important stage in the students’ lives.
Among the speakers there was Jesús Mascareño, LiU alumnus and winner of this year’s Alumni Stories competition. He started by rejoicing at his first days at LiU when he came to Sweden all the way from Mexico, a much warmer country. He couldn’t speak the language, he couldn’t find the classroom. But it all got better when he met his teachers who took good care of him and of all the other students of the Business Administration – Strategy and Management in International Organisations (SMIO) programme.
During the studies, “professors pushed us to our limits – they wanted us to grow as persons and intellectually,” said Jesús. “Thank you to our professors! You have changed our lives.”
“The time at LiU made me realise that if I put enough effort I could eventually become who I wanted to be.”
The event concluded with photo sessions, mingle and the traditional Swedish “sandwich cake” (smörgåstårta).
Text: Oana Georgescu
Photo: Anna Nilsen
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