News: Oct 26, 2015
The first formal graduation ceremony at the Faculty of Education was held in October, and this will become an annual tradition at Campus Pedagogen.
The ceremony’s central participants were those who graduated and received a Bachelor of Arts or Master of Arts degree in one of the Faculty’s main fields of study in 2014 or later, or who had applied
for a university degree certificate (diploma) by 1 August 2015.
With much pomp and circumstance in the Kjell Härnqvistsalen, with speeches by the dean and the student union president, and to singing from the female academic choir Stella Academica and music from the Tongångarne student orchestra, symbolic diplomas were handed over to those entitled. After the ceremony, a reception was held for the graduates and their families.
Mona Arfs, Head of the Department of Education and Special Education (IPS), worked to establish the annual graduation ceremony together with representatives of the four departments, the Faculty Office, and the Student Union.
“Our student teachers already have a degree-awarding tradition through the University’s Board of Teacher Education (LUN). The idea was first raised in the Head of the Departments Council that a joint arrangement for the Faculty’s other students should be established,” said Mona Arfs, who, before she came to IPS in 2012, was the coordinator of a corresponding ceremony at the Faculty of Arts for four years.
Many students who completed their coursework are not aware that a LADOK excerpt itself does not show that they have graduated and received a degree. Of the approximately 360 students who now received the invitation to attend the graduation ceremony, only about 30 or so took up the offer this first time.
“The overall purpose of the graduation ceremony is to highlight the significance of really getting your academic degree,” said Mona Arfs, emphasising that the rest of the approximately 360 are welcome
at any time in the future to participate in what will be annual graduation ceremonies.
Originally published on: uf.gu.se