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491 new graduates of the TU Chemnitz received a formal sendoff at the Graduation Celebration on April 9th, 2016 in the St. Petri Church.

One of the Technische Universität Chemnitz’s most beloved traditions is the Graduation Celebration. At this annual event, graduates are ceremonially presented with their degree certificates by the deans of the university faculties after successfully completing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees. This year was no exception. On April 9th, 2016, 491 graduates of the 2015 summer semester and the 2015/2016 winter semester returned to their university city along with their spouses, friends and parents. In total, 1,200 guests were in attendance in the St. Petri Church located on the Theaterplatz.

To begin the ceremony, the graduates were warmly welcomed by Prof. Dr. Andreas Schubert, Acting Rector of the TU Chemnitz: “Around 1,600 students successfully completed their education in the last two semesters. Approximately 130 junior scientists received their doctoral degrees at the TU during the same time period. You are now all able to contribute to the transfer of knowledge from the university to society and the economy – and therefore be a part of progress and development both within the region and far beyond,” he said.

Jiri Zapletal delivered the ceremonial address. From 2002 to 2006, he studied European Studies with Economic Sciences at the TU Chemnitz and has worked in the Federal Ministry of Finance since 2013. He gave the graduates a few pieces of advice as they continue on their way. Looking back on his time as a student, he said the most important thing he learned was how to think in a structured way, which has helped him considerably in all stages of his career thus far.

Following the ceremonial presentation of degree certificates, the graduates were photographed in front of the Opera House. Afterwards, in front of the backdrop of the Opera House, the Art Museum and the St. Petri Church, all of the guests formed the number 180 in the center of the Theaterplatz. This was done to draw attention to the university’s 180th anniversary, which will be celebrated this year with a festival week beginning on May 2nd.

Welcome to “Alumni TU Chemnitz”

The university leadership hopes that graduates of the TU Chemnitz will continue remain loyal to their university through the years – whether by continuing their studies here, through the use of continuing education offerings, through membership in the "Gesellschaft der Freunde der TU Chemnitz", or by the use of the university’s alumni portal. Nearly 5,500 people are registered in this database so far and use this network as a source for information about the university. Many also join the Xing group “Alumni TU Chemnitz” or follow the university on facebook.

Photos of the event are available here for download.

(Translation: Sarah Wilson)

Mario Steinebach

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