Important message for graduating students: online graduation

Dear students,

The last few months before your graduation did probably not go as you had planned. Instead of chilling in the park, meeting for coffee breaks with friends and going out to parties, you were required to stay at home as much as possible. On top of that, university buildings closed and you had to finalise your last courses and your thesis via an online teaching and learning format.

Though this has undoubtedly been a stressful period for many of you, you can be extremely proud of yourselves as you are now very close to receiving your final grades and are almost graduating.

With graduation also comes a celebration. Usually, such a celebration would take the form of getting together with your classmates, family and friends in the Theater aan het Vrijthof, the Spiegelzaal or the Turnzaal. We have discussed many different possibilities to also offer you an on-site graduation ceremony this year, but due to the coronavirus measures taken by the Dutch government, this is sadly not possible. We must take into account the current conditions and do our best to contain the spread of the coronavirus. On top of that, many of you may not even be able to travel to Maastricht because of travel restrictions.

To ensure the health and safety of everyone, the Faculty Board has therefore decided to organise an online graduation ceremony at the end of October/beginning of November. We are now busy experimenting with several online formats to establish which one is the best for your graduation ceremony. Once we know which format we choose, we will of course let you know. We also do not yet know the exact dates of the online ceremony, but we would like to invite you to it now already.

Once everything has returned back to normal (hopefully in spring 2021), we want to throw a huge party for you. This to ensure that besides the online graduation ceremony, you also have the opportunity to close off your FASoS experience with your classmates in person.

We understand that this may not be the type of graduation that you had expected when you embarked on your journey at FASoS, but we are certain that this will be a graduation you will not forget. All graduates will soon receive more information about the format and the exact dates of the online graduation ceremony and a registration form.

We look forward to seeing you digitally in autumn!

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