Laurea honours students who have completed
their degrees at a Graduation Ceremony held twice a year. All students who have
completed a bachelor's or master's degree during the previous semester as well
as their friends and family are invited to the Graduation Ceremony held in June
The formal Graduation Ceremony puts the
spotlight on students who have completed their studies. Graduation Ceremony
traditions include shaking the President's hand, live music and speeches of
congratulation. In addition to the President's speech, the event includes a
speech made by one of the graduating students. The graduates are also addressed
by a Laurea alumni who is distinguished in working life and a representative of
the university's stakeholders. The degree certificates are handed out to the
graduating students after the ceremony.
Stipends are also awarded to deserving
students during the ceremony. A special President's Award is also presented at
the December Graduation Ceremony in recognition of active contribution to
building the Laurea community. The first President's Award was presented in
December 2014 to the Bachelor of Business Administration Toni Konttinen, who is
the former chair of the Laureamko student union.
The use of Laurea robes is a new tradition
in the Graduation Ceremony. The new graduates wear a deep blue robe at the
ceremony as a symbol of completing their degree. They can also have a
photograph taken of themselves in the robe in conjunction with the ceremony.
The Graduation Ceremony is recorded in its
entirety and the video of the ceremony can be watched online in real time. This
means that friends and relatives all over the world can watch the event.
Recordings of earlier Graduation Ceremonies are available for viewing on
Laurea's YouTube channel.
For a student, graduation means becoming a
member of Laurea's alumni community. During Laurea's 25-year history, more than
20,000 students have graduated from the university with a bachelor's or
master's degree. These Laurea alumni constitute a significant group of
workplace experts. More information about Laurea's alumni activities is available
on the Alumni Activities section of the website.
The next Graduation Ceremonies at Laurea will
be held on 20 May 2016. The May ceremony will be arranged
in conjunction with the Laurea 25 Years celebration at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki.