Graduation Ceremonies

MODUL University Vienna offers graduation ceremonies for its graduates to help them celebrate the completion of their studies. It is not only a day for making memorable photographs but also for thanking families, relatives, and friends for their support and encouragement.

All MU Graduation Ceremonies have a festive format and take place in the Auditorium Maximum of MODUL University Vienna. Academic commencement ceremonies are offered for graduates from the Undergraduate School (Bachelor students) and from the Graduate, Post-Graduate, and Professional School (Master and PhD students). A prominent key note speaker is always invited to speak at each of these formal events, and music is provided by the MU Choir and a live band. After the ceremony, MU invites graduating students and their guests to a reception.

A professional photographer is available during the entire ceremony and pictures can be ordered after the event.

The next Graduation Ceremonies for undergraduate students will be held on the following dates:

Ceremony 1: 13 July 2017

Ceremony 2: 14 July 2017

Ceremony 3: 14 July 2017

The next Graduation Ceremony for graduate, MBA and PhD students will be held on:

Ceremony 4: 13 July 2017

Venue of the Graduation Ceremonies: MODUL University Vienna (Am Kahlenberg 1, 1190 Vienna, Austria)

If you choose not to attend a ceremony, you can graduate in absentia. To do so, you will need to file a request with the Academic Office during office hours to have your certificate and rolled diploma issued.

Your graduation documents include the certificate (diploma), your final transcripts, and a diploma supplement.

Transcripts, diploma supplements and diploma copies are free of charge and will be shipped within Austria via regular mail free of charge. Additional original diplomas are 10 EUR per diploma and will be shipped within Austria via regular mail free of charge. All documents sent abroad (Europe/World) are subject to shipping costs (mail to be sent priority/certified). In order to request a document, please contact the Academic Office.

Processional

Welcome Address by the President of MU

Academic Oath by the students

Commencement Speech (Keynote Speaker)

Awarding of the Diplomas

Speech by the Dean

Student Speeches

Closing Words by the President of MU

Gaudeamus Igitur

MODUL University Vienna’s Anthem

End of Ceremony

Reception

 

Scholars of the Future

Be the scholars of the future,
Raise your voice and speak today.
Teach respect for our planet,
Don't fall silent on your way.
Let your passion bridge the oceans,
Welcome strangers as your friends.
Be a stream in purifying rivers.
Be a rock against all ignorance,
A cliff to winners' greed.
A thoughtful way of life is everything we need.
Will we leave to our children
Worn out treasures, wasted worth?
Turn your wisdom into action.
Be the future of the earth.

As a MODUL University graduate and a global citizen, I promise:

I will strive to act with honesty and integrity, oppose all forms of corruption and exploitation, and respect the rights and dignity of all people,

  • I will strive to be an ambassador of sustainable and responsible living,
  • I will embrace change and creativity to foster progress and innovation
  • I will recognize the knowledge of others, but always challenge what people take for granted. 

As I hold true to these principles, it is my hope that I may enjoy an honourable reputation and peace of conscience. This pledge I make freely and upon my honour.

Undergraduate School

2010

Professor Dr. Graham Miller

Director of International Studies, University of Surrey, UK

2011

Professor Daniel Fesenmaier

Director of the National Laboratory for Tourism and eCommerce, Temple University Philadelphia

2012

Christopher Hartley

Chief  Executive of Global Hotel Alliance

2013

Professor Dr. Pauline Sheldon

Professor Emerita, School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii, USA

2014

Majid Mangalji

Founder and President

Westmont Hospitality Group

2015

Michaela Reitterer

President of the Austrian Hotel Association
Owner of the Boutiquehotel Stadthalle

2016 Prof. Dr. Martin Lohmann Leuphana University Lüneburg, and NIT, Institute for Tourismresearch in Northern Europe, Kiel, Germany
2017

Dr. Saskia Wallner Ketchum Global Partner and CEO Ketchum Publico
Rupert Simoner Chairman Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG

 

Graduate, Post-Graduate, and Professional School

2009

Professor Dr. Bodo Schlegelmilch

Dean of WU Executive Academy

2011

Professor Dr. Daniel Fesenmaier

Director of the National Laboratory for Tourism and eCommerce, Temple University Philadelphia

2012

His Highness Prince Amyn Aga Khan

Director of the Aga Khan Foundation, Member of the Board of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and Chairman of its Executive Committee

2013

Professor Dr. Helga Kromp-Kolb

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna

2014

Susanne Becken, PhD

 

Professor of Sustainable Tourism

Director Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT)

Griffith Business School, Australia

2015

Ruud Reuland

Former CEO of the École Hôtelière de Lausanne
Owner of Reuland Hospitality Coaching
2016 Professor David Airey

Emeritus Professor, University of Surrey UNWTO Ulysses Laureate

2017 Professor Noam Shoval Department of Geography and the Institute for Urban and Regional Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Director, The European Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem President of the Israeli Geographical Association (IGA)

The title Valedictorian is bestowed to a student for having the highest academic record of all graduating students in a particular academic year. The tradition at MODUL University is to record the speeches of all MU Valedictorians for all time in a formal register, which allows them to share their special reflections and make them available for others to read.

 

Previous Bachelor Valedictorians:

2010:
Sandra Staniek (BBA THM)

2011:
David Leonard (BBA THM)

2012:
Julia Schneider (BBA THM)

2013:
Sonja Fresacher and Carolin Brewi (BBA THM)

2014:
Sebastian Ferrari (BBA THM)

2015:
Vera Wanivenhaus (BBA THM)

2016:
Thomas Jandejsek (BSc IM)
Konstantin Charkselani (BBA THM)
Sophie Neubauer (BBA THO)

2017:
Jennifer Kola (BSc IM)
Valerie Urdich (BBA THM)
Valerie Pretscher (BBA THO)

 

Previous Master Valedictorians:

2011:
Thomas Lutz (MBA)
Alexander Rehbogen (MBA)

2012:
Helene Fritzsche (MBA)
Hannes Hippacher (MSc)

2013:
Jörg Strauss (MBA)
David Leonard (MSc)

2014:
Christine Brunner (MBA)
Shasha Lin (MSc)

2015:
Ian Foster (MBA)
Nora E. Ron-Pedrique P. (MSc)

2016:
Andreas Glück (MBA)
Sebastian Ferrari (MSc)

2017:
Boudewijn Bokdam (MBA)
Nina Zitz (MSc)

 

Previous PhD Valedictorians:

2016:
Lidija Lalicic (Salutatorian, PhD)

Stewardship is one of MODUL University’s core educational values, and this encompasses creating ambassadors of responsible living. To encourage students in their pursuit of this, MU has created the “MU Cares” program to encourage and recognize active engagement in the form of volunteer work. We believe in today’s world, responsible living and community service is a necessity for securing a peaceful future.

The university provides opportunities for students to get involved and volunteer with on-and-off campus projects. These projects take form of charity events, as well as, providing support to new incoming or exchange students in adapting to the student life in Vienna and Modul University.

Upon graduation, students who meet the program requirements, of 50 hours volunteer work, will receive a supplemental merit certificate to their diploma. 

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