Blazing heat, hot prospects - IES Master Programme Graduation 2015

The IES celebrated the first wave of IES-VUB Master graduates for 2015 on July 1. The students were tested until the very last moment as the gown-wearing graduates received their diplomas in record high temperatures in a ceremony at the Institute.

Steven Engels,  Euromaster alumnus, currently working at the European Commission as Economic Analyst and European Semester Officer, reminded the students in his Graduation speech to cherish this precious moment. The degree, as too many other achievements in life, will turn into something self-evident and ordinary soon enough. Yet, it was only with hard work and determination that the degree became a possibility. Such determination will indeed be needed in the process of (re)building the EU: the graduation coincided with Greece’s struggle to stabilize its finances and stay in the Eurozone. The dramatic developments served as a reminder of the importance of education as a means of securing employment and prosperity in modern society. This had also been a key message of the PILC Emeritus professor Pierre Mathijsen, who had sadly passed away during the spring term. The memory of this grand European was commemorated with a minute’s silence before the proclamation.

Accompanied by the baroque violin playing of IES doctoral researcher Neepa Acharya, the names of the eight EuroMaster students were read out in the ceremony: Alexandra Taralunga obtained great distinction, and Elisa Bongiovanni, Lisa Haapaniemi, Asel Kadyrbaeva, Adil Oztürk and Jelena Stojovic distinction, and Qudsia Noori, and Xiaoxu Zhi graduated with a pass mark. In the PILC, three students graduated with the mark of the greatest distinction – Joyce De Coninck, Ewa Lekan and Ivan Pico Toro – while Eleonora Galimberti graduated with  great distinction and Mykhailyna Marchenko and Sara Palacios Arapiles with distinction. Zoha Mazrooei and Giulia Mirizzi also graduated with distinction from the January 2015 examination session.

The Boards of the Programmes had also decided to grant the Award for an Outstanding Master Thesis to the one EuroMaster and three PILC students who had reached the highest grade of Summa Cum Laude on their theses: Alexandra Taralunga, Joyce De Coninck, Ivan Pico and Ewa Lekan, respectively. The evening ended with a walking dinner and drinks in the IES reception space.

The IES congratulates the newly graduated students whole-heartedly, and wishes those students preparing to graduate in September the best of luck on their examinations.