Different graduation week for this year’s graduating students
Nothing is as usual this spring. Normally, the University’s festive graduation ceremony would have been a few hours away and campus would have been filled with happy and enthusiastic graduating students taking part in the graduation fairs, scholarship ceremonies and programme assemblies. This year, all activities are performed digitally instead.
The joint graduation ceremony, which should have been taking place today on June 5, at 3 pm at Halmstad Arena, is cancelled. The University Vice-Chancellor decided earlier this spring to cancel the celebrations due to the current situation caused by the pandemic.
In order to make the graduation as festive and ”joint” as possible for all graduating students, a digital graduation package has been shared with all programmes, including video greetings from the Vice-Chancellor and the Student Union, which can be shown during the digital programme assemblies that will replace the ceremony this year.
”I really wish that our students had the opportunity to experience the graduation ceremony as intended. Unfortunately, the current situation unable us to carry out the ceremony at Halmstad Arena as we usually do. The most important thing, however, is that the students have achieved their goals and passed their studies”, says University Vice-Chancellor Stephen Hwang.
The awards Student of the Year (one student per school) and Alumnus/alumna of the Year are being handed out for the third time this year. Due to the special circumstances, the awards were handed out during private meetings, while this normally would have been done at Halmstad Arena.
Student of the Year
“The award Alumna/Alumnus of the Year is a way for the University to show how important our students are, also after they have graduated, and show what significant contributions they make in society”, says Anders Nelson.