02.04.2018 | ESB Topnews

An end and a new beginning

Graduation ceremony of ESB Business School

Traditioneller Abschluss jeder Graduierungsfeier: Die Absolventinnen und Absolventen der ESB Business School der Hochschule Reutlingen werfen ihre Hüte hoch in die Luft.
Traditioneller Abschluss jeder Graduierungsfeier: Die Absolventinnen und Absolventen der ESB Business School der Hochschule Reutlingen werfen ihre Hüte hoch in die Luft. / The traditional finale of every graduation ceremony: The graduates tossing their caps up in the air. (Foto: Bolay)

By: Lena Jauernig

On 24 March, 180 graduates from the winter semester celebrated the end of their studies in Reutlingen’s city hall. Representatives from ESB Business School, Reutlingen University and the ESB Reutlingen Alumni Association e.V. congratulated the graduates. Keynote speaker Jasmin Bigdon, member of the management board of SBB Cargo AG, offered a look forward to life after university. 

“Our time together has now come to an end. But for you today does not mark an end but a beginning. The beginning of something new, something even more exciting. And you are well prepared,” said Professor Dr Andreas Taschner, dean of ESB Business School of Reutlingen University, in his welcoming address.   

End of March, 180 graduates from ESB Business School received their bachelor or master certificates in Reutlingen’s city hall. Also present were Reutlingen university president Professor Dr Hendrik Brumme, dean Professor Dr Andreas Taschner, professors, university staff, deputy mayor Alexander Kreher, families and friends. As there are students from 80 different nations at ESB Business School, many international guests had travelled to Reutlingen to attend the ceremony.  

“You now have a wonderful rucksack full of tools for your career. Make sure you use them”, said ESB alumna Jasmin Bigdon, today a member of the management board of SBB Cargo AG, who was also one of the congratulators. She graduated in the Master International Accounting Controlling and Taxation programme in 2008 and emphasised in her address: “Don’t stand still after you have attained a title”. Especially in times of digitisation when many things change so quickly, it is important to keep learning throughout one`s live. In addition, Bigdon encouraged future managers to act responsibly, to live values and to make brave but not reckless decisions.  

The student address was given by Livia Campos Silva de Souza. She associates her period of study in Reutlingen with “the opposite of loneliness“, reported the graduate of the International Business bachelor programme, stressing the great team spirit among the students.

“Stay in touch!“, Dr Michael Müller, member of the board of the ESB Reutlingen Alumni Association, urged the graduates. In his address he emphasised the importance of social commitment while at university.  

For her exceptionally strong commitment the International Business graduate, Pia Schairer, was awarded the V.I.M.A prize. As president of the Student Committee she organised a wide variety of events, enriching life on campus.   

The speeches and handing over of the certificates were interspersed by the pleasant atmosphere created by the young musicians of the cello group “CELLOnly”, under the direction of Lisa Neßling. With their witty interludes they had the entire hall clapping along.