School's Graduation CeremonyMarcus Gerards
In 2017 the School of Business and Economics will again be cordially inviting all of its graduates of the past year to attend the Graduation Ceremony. The date will be duly announced.
All students who have passed their final examination since the Graduation Ceremony in 2016, i.e. November 4, 2016, and whose degree certificate has been completed and signed by the time the 2017 Ceremony takes place, are considered to be graduates of the year 2017 and are entitled to attend the event. They will receive a personal invitation, which will be sent to the address that is registered with the ZPA examination department. It is, then, vital, that students have informed the ZPA of any change of address in the meantime!
We look forward to welcoming as many of our graduates as possible, so please do try to attend this impressive event!
Registration for the Graduation Ceremony and the submission of your personal profile data will take place via an online portal. Please note that you must have registered via this portal by 1 week prior to the Ceremony at the very latest. Any later registrations will only be accepted if you contact us by telephone.
At the beginning of August 2017 we will send out letters to all respective graduates. Each letter will contain an access code for MENTORAS - our online registration portal. At mentoras.wiwi.rwth-aachen.de graduates will find an online mask for registering for the Ceremony.
Graduation Ceremony: FAQ
Who is invited to the ceremony?
All those graduates will be invited whose graduation certificate has been completed and signed by the Dean and the Dean of Studies prior to the ceremony, so that these graduates will still have sufficient time to organize their attendance at the ceremony. Those graduates who have already been informed about the ceremony can - if they wish - receive an invitation up to two days prior to the ceremony, providing of course that their certificate has been duly signed. They should contact the Dean's Office. All those graduates who do not wish to be invited at short notice will naturally receive an invitation to the following year's ceremony.
What should I wear?
There is no official dresscode and anybody attending the ceremony can wear whatever they choose. However, as the ceremony is a formal event, men tend to wear a suit and women tend to wear a costume, a trouser suit, or perhaps a cocktail dress, but no full-length gowns.
What is the time schedule?
Graduates and their guests are requested to be present in the aula of the University's Main Building by 16.30 hours, so that the ceremony can begin on time at 17.00 hours. The orchestra of the University will be playing, an introductory speech will be held, and a graduate will also give a talk. Then, all graduates are individually called to the stage, where they are symbolically presented with a copy of their certificate. The official part of the ceremony is over by about 19.00 hours, depending of course on the length of the various speeches, pieces of music, and the number of graduates being awarded their certificates.
Will there be any food?
Following the ceremony, sparkling wine and canapés will be served to all.
Will photos be taken?
This year, as in previous years, there will be an official photographer at the ceremony. He will be taking individual photos of our graduates during the presentation of certificates and will also take a group photograph of all graduates at the end of the ceremony. All graduates who attend the ceremony will later have access to all the photographic material free of charge. Should you not wish to have your photograph taken during the presentation of certificates, please contact the Dean's Office prior to the ceremony and let them know. The telephone no. is 0241/80-96000 and the e-mail address is
If you have no objection to having your photo taken, there is no need to give your written consent.
How can I obtain the photos?
After the Graduation Ceremony, photos will be available for downloading at MENTORAS. All graduates who attended the event will be able to access the photos.