In the first on-campus event since February 2020, Bucerius Law School celebrated the achievements of its Master of Law and Business students with a beautiful graduation ceremony on September 1. 42 students from 27 countries walked across the stage of the Helmut Schmidt Auditorium to receive their diplomas and flip the tassles on their hats from one side to the other signifying that they are now Masters of Law and Business.
Graduation ceremony in times of Corona
The coronavirus pandemic may have changed many things but it has not kept the law school from celebrating its students' accomplishments albeit in a slightly different manner than in the past. Due to the social distancing regulations currently in place in Hamburg, friends and families of the graduating class as well as the incoming class of 2021 were seated in a large marquee tent on campus and enjoyed the ceremony via the large screens. For the first time since the inception of the program, the ceremony was also live-streamed to friends and family across the globe who were unable to travel to Hamburg because of the COVID travel restrictions.
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Mr. Benedikt Landgrebe, Deputy CEO of Bucerius Law School hosted the event which was opened with speeches by Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Katharina Boele-Woelki, Dean of Bucerius Law School and Professor Dr. Michael Göring, Chairman of the Board of Directors, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. This year’s keynote speech was given by Mr. Edder Cifuentes, an MLB graduate of the class of 2014 and a Junior Partner at Oppenhoff in Cologne. Bucerius and its students also bid adieu to Professor Dr. Dirk Holtbrügge, Academic Director Business of the MLB Program and welcomed his successor Professor Dr. Christina Günther and new junior professor Dr. Nicole Gottschalck.
DAAD Prize 2020 for social project
The prestigious DAAD Prize 2020 for outstanding academic performance and social engagement was awarded to Claudia Podestá from Peru. Claudia’s social project “Let’s clean the planet” offered not only a respite from online classes in spring but allowed the students a chance to see each other in person and contribute to their community by cleaning parks and beaches in Hamburg, Tanzania and Turkey.
And the best teacher awards go to...
This year’s Best Teacher Awards for Law and Business were awarded to Professor Dr. Stefan Kröll for his course Arbitration, Professor Dr. Stephan Wagner for his course Logistics and Supply Chain Management and to Professor Dr. Peter Witt for his course Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.
Following the ceremony, graduates and guests continued the celebrations with an outdoor reception.