To the notes of the Chalmers hymn by Jerker Johansson, the solemn ceremony started in Runan under the leadership of the alumni Hedvig Aspenberg and Philip Wramsby.
In his welcome speech, Chalmers president Stefan Bengtsson said that Chalmers' vision for a sustainable future is an important basis for the student's future research and working life.
–We are now faced with major challenges that will require new and innovative solutions. At the same time, the possibilities are probably greater than ever. Those of you who have graduated from Chalmers will have the knowledge to be able to contribute to a more sustainable future.
Chalmers vice-president Maria Knutsson Wedel was the host for the diploma ceremony for the approximately 120 students who were met by applause and greetings from friends and family. The vice-president herself also got thanked with a diploma for many years of service as she shortly will leave Chalmers to go on as the new president of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
Alumni speaker Anna Tidstam, head of strategic projects at BMW in Münich, Germany, spoke about her own graduation ceremony from Chalmers ten years ago. In her speech, she took up the importance of networking when getting ready to switch career paths and also the importance of finding stimulating work.
– I think it is important not to rest in that you have found a job but also understand how you want to develop and which direction you want to move in. The key to it is to talk to many different people and get a lot of recommendations. If you talk about being open to a change, new doors can suddenly open up for you, she said during her speech.
The student union president Gustav Eriksson also spoke during the ceremony and DaMöbius Band, Chalmers song choir and Veragycklarna entertained the audience. After the graduation ceremony, the festivities continued with portrait photography of the students and a graduation dinner in Kårhuset.
Text: Vedrana Sivac