Around 800 Graduates Take Part in an Unusual Celebration
Virtual but personal – this was the motto of last week’s first online graduation ceremony at the St. Pölten UAS. The graduates followed the festive speeches and official congratulations live from their screen at home. Relatives and friends could directly give personal words of congratulations online. Thanks to the social media filter, the students did not have to miss out on the traditional graduation photography in academic robes.
"Providing our graduates with a festive opportunity to properly celebrate their graduation together with their relatives – despite the current situation – is of great importance to us. Luckily, this could be achieved by realising our concept of the virtual graduation ceremony“, explains UAS Executive Director Gernot Kohl.
Live Music and Toasting to the Graduates
The virtual graduation ceremony is designed exactly like the usual on-site celebration. Thanks to modern streaming technologies, the guests could also enjoy video presentations and festive live music. Following the official celebrations, the graduates had the opportunity to participate in a "meet & greet“ with their Academic Directors and former fellow students to engage in conversation, celebrate their success together and commemorate their study times.
"I am happy that we have found an innovative way to give our alumni a festive farewell by realising our online graduation ceremony. Our graduates can be proud of their achievements. We wish them all the best for their professional future!“ says Chairperson of the UAS Board Alois Frotschnig.
"It was great for us students that a successful celebration could be held in spite of the current circumstances and that thanks to the online format, some relatives and friends could participate“, says Omar Awad, a graduate of the bachelor degree programme Media Technology.
Over 8,000 Graduates
Since its foundation in 1996, the St. Pölten UAS has seen over 8,.000 graduates. The university of applied sciences currently offers 26 study programmes and a wide range of further education programmes in the fields of media, economics, digital technologies, computer sciences, security, rail technology, health sciences, and social sciences.