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). Live music is provided, and 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 are taking place on July 11 and 12, 2024, on campus.  

Graduating in Absentia

If you are graduating in absentia and not attending the graduation ceremony, you may request to schedule an appointment with the President to take some memorable photos in cap and gown. If you would like to make use of this option, please contact the Academic Office.

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 fill in this form.


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



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


Professor Dr. Graham Miller

Director of International Studies, University of Surrey, UK


Professor Daniel Fesenmaier

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


Christopher Hartley

Chief  Executive of Global Hotel Alliance


Professor Dr. Pauline Sheldon

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


Majid Mangalji

Founder and President

Westmont Hospitality Group


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

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


Graduate, Post-Graduate, and Professional School


Professor Dr. Bodo Schlegelmilch

Dean of WU Executive Academy


Professor Dr. Daniel Fesenmaier

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


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


Professor Dr. Helga Kromp-Kolb

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna


Susanne Becken, PhD


Professor of Sustainable Tourism

Director Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT)

Griffith Business School, Australia


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:

Sandra Staniek (BBA THM)

David Leonard (BBA THM)

Julia Schneider (BBA THM)

Sonja Fresacher and Carolin Brewi (BBA THM)

Sebastian Ferrari (BBA THM)

Vera Wanivenhaus (BBA THM)

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

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


Ivana Ivosevic (BSc IM)

Sabrina Brigitte Zechmeister (BBA THM)

Vera Tkachenko (BBA THO)


Previous Master Valedictorians:

Thomas Lutz (MBA)
Alexander Rehbogen (MBA)

Helene Fritzsche (MBA)
Hannes Hippacher (MSc)

Jörg Strauss (MBA)
David Leonard (MSc)

Christine Brunner (MBA)
Shasha Lin (MSc)

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

Andreas Glück (MBA)
Sebastian Ferrari (MSc)

Boudewijn Bokdam (MBA)
Nina Zitz (MSc)


Jennifer Dosza-Day (MBA)

Stefan Catic (MSc)



Previous PhD Valedictorians:

Lidija Lalicic


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. 

For further information click here.

In accordance with the Ordinance on Statistical Surveys (BGBl. II No. 290), students are kindly asked to fill in the electronic form on the following page before graduating:

All students of higher education institutions in Austria have to fill in this survey when graduating from Bachelor's, Master's, Diploma or Doctoral studies or university courses or any course for which a Master's degree is awarded.

After completing the survey, please save the UHStat2 confirmation available online and send it or give it to the SSCC to complete your graduation check-out process.

If you do not wish to take part in this survey, we ask you to provide a short-written explanation to the SSCC (ssccsymbolmodul.acpunktat).  

Graduates can decide to have their paper documents certified by the Austrian authorities. This is a voluntary process which is not organized by Modul University Vienna.

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) is the responsible body. The original document(s), duplicate(s) or duplicate(s) with original signature (possibly also copy(s) with original stamp and original signature only) which need to be certified are to be sent or brought personnally (or by a representative) to the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research.
Address: Rosengasse 2-6, 2nd floor, room 210, 1010 Vienna; Service hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m; Fee per certification endorsement: EUR 14.30 (cash payment only).

Graduates can also apply for an apostille or a certification at the Federal Ministry for European and Affairs (BMEIA), Office for Consular Legalisation.
Address: Minoritenplatz 8, entrance Leopold-Figl-Gasse 5 (near underground station Herrengasse, U3), 1010 Vienna; Service hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; fee per notarisation: EUR 17,50

Graduates can also send their certificate(s) by post to the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (to Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung, Ms Sabine Gager, Department IV/9, Minoritenplatz 5, 1010 Vienna), stating the country for which it is to be certified. The received document(s) will be checked for the authenticity of the signature. Afterwards an email for payment of the fee will be sent (EUR 14.30 per certification endorsement ). After receipt of the payment is received by the Federal Ministry, the document(s) will be sent to the Office for Consular Certification with the request to issue the apostille or certification (EUR 17.50 per document plus a one-time fee of EUR 14.30). The Bureau for Consular Legalisation will issue the apostille or certification. The Office for Consular Legalisation will only send the documents to a domestic address.

Source: Beglaubigung von österreichischen Hochschulurkunden durch das BMBWF (in German)

For more information, graduates can also check the OeAD website.