After what will remain in our hearts as a memorable year filled with new friendships, learning, networking and quite a lot of fun, graduation arrived! Everybody felt relieved, grateful yet sad as this incredible journey was coming to an end, or was it? It is now up to us to maintain the bonding that happened throughout the MBA in this Class of 2016.
The graduation ceremony took place at the Plaza Hotel not far from the Brussels campus. And after an introductory speech from Dean Marion Debruyne and a reflection about key success factors in a career from Dr. Ajit Shetty, Chairman Emeritus of Janssen Pharmaceutica, each graduate was called on stage by our dear and beloved FT MBA director Robert Boute.
Afterwards, prizes were given for the best In-Company Project to Alexandra and Stefan – congrats to them! The award was presented by Huawei and both received a phone.
And Bart, my blog buddy was awarded best student of the year!
Graduation ceremony ended with speeches from the student representatives of each Executive MBA programme as well as the Full-Time MBA. Maria Alejandra gave the speech for our class speaking from her heart. It was the most beautiful moment of this ceremony.
Following this wonderful ceremony, a reception was organised at the Vlerick Brussels campus. This reception was the opportunity for all of us, now officially MBA graduates, to share some time on campus with our families and some quality time together.
September is on its way and a new batch of students will embark on the Vlerick Business School MBA journey. On behalf of the class of 2016, we wish you a wonderful year. It is now up to you to make it as amazing as ours (better will be tough ).
As for Bart and I, we want to thank you for reading this blog and hope it helped you decide that Vlerick Business School is the best place to do your MBA. Let’s meet on campus for some Alumni events.
Lastly, we want to thank Joanna Wilkinson for posting all the blogs and being so kind with us whenever we were late on our delivery of posts.
Thomas Collin and Bart Moens for the Class of 2016.