Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2013!

LUC The Hague celebrated its first ever graduation on Saturday 22 June 2013 in the Atrium of the City Hall of The Hague. Almost 600 guests witnessed the conferring of the degrees and “the turning of the tassel ceremony” and enjoyed the welcoming and unique community atmosphere of LUC.

The day started with a pre-reception where family, friends and special guests of LUC The Hague where welcomed. Parents flew in from all over the world and the Atrium (City Hall Of The Hague) was transformed into a beautiful theatre.

Mr. Jozias van Aartsen, the Mayor of The Hague gave all guests a warm welcome and het talked about the special and unique relation between LUC and the city of The Hague.

Class of 2013 graduates throw their caps at the end of the ceremony (Photography: Peter Loy)

Class of 2013 graduates throw their caps at the end of the ceremony (Photography: Peter Loy)


Two awards were handed out. The Deputy Mayor of the City of The Hague, Mrs Ingrid van Engelshoven, was given the honour to present the Global Citizenship Award to Georgina Kuipers. This award recognises and valorises participatory citizenship at LUC. Georgina’s citizenship at LUC extends beyond her formal, elected roles in the student council across the past three years, whose leadership and organisation saw her establish the first student-led reading group at LUC, direct the first LUC student play, as well as bake cupcakes for Amnesty International charity events.  Her energy and dedication to the development of LUC as an institution and as a community are hallmarks of her robust commitment to citizenship.

Prof. dr. Jouke de Vries, Dean of Faculty Campus The Hague, was given the honour to present the Highest Academic achievement Award to Barend de Rooij. After accepting his award Barend addressed his peers during the Valedictory speech.

Commencement Address

The commencement address was given by Prof. dr. Chris Goto-Jones, the founding Dean of Leiden University College The Hague and Professor of Comparative Philosophy & Political Thought at Leiden University. He addressed the founding class in a personal and inspiring way, he talked about freedom, about choices and responsibility, about changes and about staying who you really are. He also expressed that he is extremely proud of the class of 2013 and all that this class had accomplished to become the very first graduating class of LUC .

Following his commencement speech the Dean of LUC The Hague surprised everybody present with an exclusive and special book. He personalized the books for the founding class of 2013 and handed them out during the conferring of the degrees. All other guests received the book after the reception.

Three years at LUC The Hague

To summarize the Class of 2013's years at LUC The Hague a special video was shown:  

Each graduate received a warm round of applause upon entering the stage where they received their degree from the Dean and were congratulated by their tutor. The ceremony was completed by speeches from The Vice Rector Magnificus, Prof. dr. Simone Buitendijk, the name of the new Alumni Foundation was presented by Hilde Woker, the chair of the first Almuni Board ‘EVOLUCIO’ and finally a speech was given by the class representative, Limo Baroud, who presented the Senior Class Gift, addressed his fellow students and was definitely the funniest speaker. Phyleen Mattaar, one of graduates, was the Master of Ceremony.

The ceremony ended with an amazing musical performance led by the LUC The Hague Choir after which all graduates gathered on stage to throw their caps:

LUC graduates throw their caps at the end of their graduation ceremony

After the ceremony LUC organised an afterparty, LUC-style! All guests enjoyed this special celebration and the performance of a wonderful singer, Roos van Gent, a second-year LUC student. The grand finale with a balloon dropping, was a perfect ending to a perfect day!

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Last Modified: 26-06-2013