On October 14, the seventh run students from East European Studies and the fourth run students from International Relations Online received their certificates. Within the last two years, they successfully completed their master's degrees. The big event took place in the festival room “Primussaal” of the Tomasa Restaurant in Zehlendorf. The graduation ceremony began with a reception at 4.30 pm, most guests staying outside and enjoying the warm sunshine. Then we moved inside into the wonderful old ballroom that was nicely decorated. After the welcoming words by director Klaus Segbers, Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz, former ambassador of Germany to Russia and the United Kingdom, addressed the audience with some personal remarks. Then it was time for the student representatives to look back on their time with East European Studies (EES) Online and International Relations (IR) Online respectively. After the presentation of the Alumni Association, finally the certificates were awarded.The last point of the program was a Bulgarian folk dance performance with Faux Pas. The ceremony was accompanied by musical interludes by the Rolf Ziehlke Trio.
We greatly enjoyed this event and thank all our guests for coming. We were delighted to welcome our graduates and their families as well as so many present and former students.