Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2014!
LUC The Hague celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2014 on Saturday 28 June 2014 in the Koninklijke Schouwburg. Around 400 guests witnessed the conferring of the degrees and “the turning of the tassel ceremony” and enjoyed the welcoming and unique community atmosphere of LUC.
The day started with a reception where family and friends were welcomed to the Koninklijke Schouwburg. Parents flew in from all the world, received a grand entrance on the blue carpet, and were proud to see their sons and daughters complete their journey at LUC The Hague.
The graduands, who had already been at the Koninklijke Schouwburg since that morning, welcomed their guests, before getting ready for their procession to start off the ceremony. After the graduands and faculty had taken their seats, Prof. Dr. Jos Schaeken, the Dean of LUC The Hague, gave all guests a warm welcome.
This year’s ceremony had a special programme. Not only did we have two very special commencement speakers, but we moved the conferring of the degrees for three graduands right to the beginning of the ceremony. These students had the honour of participating in the Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School, but unfortunately it meant that they had to leave the ceremony early. After these students received their degrees and said their goodbyes, the floor was given to the first commencement speaker, Jim van Drunen Littel (Father).
Jim van Drunen Littel, as the first commencement speaker, addressed the graduands in an inspiring way. He talked about being a global citizen, about working hard and seizing the moment, and so he lived up to the title of his speech:
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” - Shakespeare.
Near the end of the ceremony, the second commencement speaker, Jean-Marc Huët (CFO Unilever) took the floor. His speech was inspiring, funny, and witty, about the three big questions in life, and concluded with a personal message to the graduates: “Please don’t mess it up, we need you!”
During the ceremony, two awards were handed out. Daniela Vicherat-Mattar, one of our Assistant Professors and Tutors, was given the honour to present the Global Citizenship Award to Sass Roganda Sasot. This award recognizes and valorizes participatory citizenship at LUC.
Prof. dr. Jouke de Vries, Dean of Faculty Campus The Hague and Founding Father of LUC The Hague, was given the honour to present the Highest Academic Achievement Award to Liam Klein. After accepting his award, Liam addressed his peers by his strong Valedictory speech.
Each graduate received a warm round of applause upon entering the stage where they received their degree from the Dean and were congratulated by their tutor. The ceremony was completed by a speech from Luc van der Stegen, the Class Representative of the Class of 2014, who gave a witty speech about the LUC community. Georgina Kuipers, as Evolucio board member, welcomed the new graduates to the LUC alumni community with a speech and a short video, and Anas Milly, one of the gradauates, was the Master of Ceremony.
The ceremony ended with an amazing musical performance led by the LUC The Hague Choir after which all graduates threw their caps in the air to celebrate their graduation from Leiden University College The Hague. Hereafter, all guests and graduates enjoyed a special celebration in the foyer of the Koninklijke Schouwburg, with live music and a final group picture. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day!