Closing Ceremony 2018

There was not a seat left to be had at Jalas Arena in Falun on Friday when this year's graduates gathered for the spring term Closing Ceremony. With family and friends seated in the audience, some 500 students marched in to the sound of the University's march musical composition.
Jalas Arena with an audience of over 1000

The University's Closing Ceremony always draws a large audience. This year more than 1000 friends and family came to watch "their" student receive their congratulatory letter.

The ceremony began with the Conference Spokesperson, Göran Morén, welcoming everybody. Students entered in a procession to the music written especially for the University. When everyone was seated, the new Vice-Chancellor Martin Norsell held his speech.

"I am very proud to be opening this closing ceremony. It is a great pleasure to welcome new students but an even greater pleasure to be witness to your successes. The University's vision is to open pathways to knowledge for a good society, and I am glad that you chose to attain knowledge here. I want to give you some advice: party as though there is a tomorrow - you deserve it!"

The County Governor Ylva Thörn and Dean Lars Rönnegård also gave a speech to the audience before it was time for the awarding of the congratulatory letters, handed out by the students' respective programme director. The ceremony concluded with a speech by alumni Cia Embretsen and the Student Union Chairperson Tom Edoff.

Mia Hansson was one of the many happy graduates.

Mia Hansson standing outside with other students

 "It's hard to describe how I feel today. I'm completely overwhelmed. These three years at the University have passed by so quickly. I plan to celebrate over the weekend before beginning my new job on Monday at CGI in Borlänge."

Another pleased student was Amat Jeng.

Amat Jeng standing outside with other students

"I'm originally from Karlskrona and took the programme in international studies here at the University. What was so good about my time as a student is that I was able to work while studying. I worked as a teacher of Swedish (SFI) while writing my academic paper. I have to say that i really enjoy being here."

Mingle outside

After the ceremony at Jalas Arena, students, friends and family were invited to attend a mingle at the University's campus in Falun. The glorious summer weather allowed for the event to be held outside, where drinks and snacks were served.

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