At the weekend it was again time for CBS to say goodbye to this year’s master’s and MBA graduates at the official graduation ceremony in Cologne’s Maritim Hotel. The approximately 800 guests celebrated their graduation with their families and friends as well as numerous CBS employees in a glittering celebration.
The evening was opened by CBS President Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Fröhlich and Managing Director Prof. Dr. Christoph Willers, who congratulated the graduates in their speeches and wished them all the best for the future. “Go courageously and self-confidently toward the challenges of society! Be the creator of your own future! Open for innovative ideas! Take responsibility for your own actions and swim, as Confucius said, against the current in order to get to the source”, said Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Fröhlich.
The deans of the various study programmes joined in the congratulations and took the opportunity to personally say goodbye to the students. Traditionally, the graduates themselves also had their say. Valentin Güttler and Lars Herrmann (both former General Management students) looked back on the past years of study in their joint speech. “I think we have all been able to grow through our experiences here. If, for example, I had been told five years ago that I could give this speech to you tonight, I would not have believed I could. My special thanks go to every single employee of the university as well as to our families and friends. Without you, our years at CBS would not have been as successful as they are,” said Valentin Güttler.
The colourful programme with singing, a magic show and a well-attended photo box ensured great entertainment throughout the evening. The high point of the evening was when the graduates received their certificates and were allowed to take a souvenir photo with the respective deans of their faculties. The official part of the ceremony ended with the graduates throwing their caps. The ceremony was followed by an after party, where the graduates happily celebrated their success and danced to the music of DJ Plus until the early hours of the morning.