Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2015!

LUC The Hague celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2015 on Friday 3 July 2015 at the Royal Theatre (Koninklijke Schouwburg) in its home city – The Hague. Around 450 guests were present to witness the conferring of the degrees and ‘the turning of the tassel ceremony’ of the 100 proud graduates.

The day started with a reception where family, friends and members of academia were welcomed to the theatre. The graduands met with their guests, before getting ready for their procession to start off the ceremony.

After the procession of the graduands and faculty, Prof. Dr. Jos Schaeken, the Dean of LUC The Hague, gave all guests a warm welcome. This year’s ceremony was presented by the Master of Ceremony, Ms. Ruba Nawaz, Class of 2015.

Graduand Procession (Photography: Martijn van Dam)

Graduand Procession (Photography: Martijn van Dam)

‘Never Give Up’

Prof. dr. Jouke de Vries, former Dean of Faculty Campus The Hague and Founding Father of LUC The Hague was a fitting choice for the commencement speech this year. Prof.dr. de Vries addressed the graduands in an inspiring way, urging them to never give up on their ambitions.

Download: Commencement Speech Prof. dr. Jouke de Vries (Never Give Up)

Prof. dr. Jouke de Vries delivers the commencement speech (Photography: Martijn van Dam)

Prof. dr. Jouke de Vries delivers the commencement speech (Photography: Martijn van Dam)

A Round of Applause

After the commencement speech Robert Boemen, the Class Representative of the Class of 2015,  was invited on stage. The class representative was chosen by the graduating class and addressed his fellow students just before the start of the conferring of the degrees.

After a brief group introduction by their tutor each graduand received a warm round of applause upon entering the stage where they received their degree from the Dean and were congratulated by their tutor. Following the conferring of the degrees Evolucio board member Christine Everaars welcomed the new graduates to the LUC alumni community with a special video.


As every year LUC The Hague presented two awards to academically and socially outstanding members of the graduating class. Dr. Daniela Vicherat Mattar, assistant professor and tutor at LUC and chair of the ‘Global Citizenship Award Committee, presented the Global Citizenship Award to Bente Klein. This award recognizes and valorizes participatory citizenship at LUC. Unfortunately Bente was unable to attend the ceremony, Silke Mooldijk accepted the award on her behalf.

Mr. Dan Saxon, assistant professor & tutor at LUC, presented the Highest Academic Achievement Award to Ms. Lena Volmer. After accepting his award, Lena addressed her fellow students in the traditional Valedictory speech.

Class of 2015 graduates throw their caps at the end of the ceremony (Photography: Martijn van Dam)

Class of 2015 graduates throw their caps at the end of the ceremony (Photography: Martijn van Dam)

The ceremony ended with a beautiful musical performance by the LUC The Hague Choir after which all graduates threw their caps in the air to celebrate their graduation. Hereafter, all guests and graduates gathered for a reception in the foyer and garden of the Royal Theatre, were with live music and bubbles they enjoyed a special and sunny celebration.  

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Last Modified: 08-09-2015