GISMA holds first-ever graduation ceremony

Gisma - Business School

Fifty students attended in person, with the remaining students joining online from around the world for the live-streamed event. The families of the students were also part of the celebrations, along with the GISMA faculty, staff and special guests from the wider Global University Systems group. The ceremony saw students from five postgraduate programmes, including GISMA’s AMBA-accredited Global MBA, become the university’s first-ever alumni.

Professor Dr Fotis Papageorgiou, Vice-President of GISMA, opened the ceremony, welcoming graduates and guests and recognised the achievements of the students. The welcome remarks were followed by an address from Professor Dr Stefan Stein, President of GISMA.

He said: “We are celebrating our first graduate intake, knowing they will thrive in their professional life and become inspirational individuals. It is like your first child. We love them more than anything else. We love to see them grow.

“This is also a historic day for the entire GISMA team. I would like to congratulate every one of them for their commitment, dedication and hard work. I am also looking forward to seeing a strong network of GISMA alumni helping each other, sharing their experience and becoming inspirational figures for future student intakes.”

The guest speaker for the event was Karsten Hollasch, a Partner at Deloitte and Global Private Equity Leader Financial Advisory. He has also had leading roles within the consumer, retail, sport and leisure sectors. Karsten spoke about the exciting world of mergers and acquisition and how the GISMA students’ qualifications fit into the skills demand of the classical M&A cycle.

A highlight from the event was a speech from one of the graduating students, Selina Kappus, who joined GISMA in September 2021 on the MSc Leadership for Digital Transformation programme. Videos were played throughout the ceremony, highlighting the journey of the Class of 2022, along with messages from professors and fellow students.

Following the speeches, students were presented with their diplomas by Professor Dr Stefan Stein, and had photo opportunities with their fellow alumni, family and friends. The GISMA Career Centre was also present at the event to give students additional support and guidance to secure employment after university. The event was closed by a graduation party, also hosted at the Potsdam campus, which ran late into the night.

Related Blogs

Gisma Welcomes KAS Delegation for Discussion on AI and Media

On Wednesday, 15th May, Gisma University of Applied Sciences was delighted to host a delegation of six guests from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) as part of their media dialogue programme with China. The delegation, comprised of journalists and other distinguished members, visited Gisma’s Potsdam campus to engage in a thought-provoking discussion on the impact
Read More

Announcement: Welcoming Gisma’s New President Prof. Dr. Ramon O'Callaghan

Gisma University is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof. Dr. Ramon O’Callaghan as its new president. Prof. O’Callaghan assumes the position after an 8-year tenure as the dean at the Porto Business School of the University of Porto in Portugal and his current role as the chairman of the International Advisory Board of the
Read More

Gisma Leadership Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Fotis Papageorgiou has been appointed as the Interim President of Gisma University of Applied Sciences. In his new role, Prof. Dr. Papageorgiou will lead our academic team with a forward-thinking and innovative approach, leveraging his extensive experience in university leadership. The outstanding qualifications of Prof. Dr. Papageorgiou
Read More