The 2022 Commencement Ceremony,
honoring graduates from academic years ending in
2020, 2021 & 2022
will take place on
Saturday, May 14, 2022
at the President Wilson Hotel, Geneva
Proceedings will begin at 10:00 am
Congratulations again on your achievement!
THIS WEBSITE IS SCHEDULED TO "GO LIVE"
(WITH FORMS AND LINKS ACTIVE)
ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 AT NOON, GENEVA TIME
President Wilson Hotel is a lakefront hotel (on Quai Wilson), adjacent to the historic Palais Wilson, original headquarters of the League of Nations.
The Commencement and optional Reception will be held at the same venue (see below for further details).
Parking at the venue is payable upon arrival yet may be limited; with the number of guests we anticipate to attend, a taxi or uber to the hotel is recommended.
Graduating students (and eligible returning Alumni) are invited to a 3-hour Gourmet Reception at the President Wilson, following the ceremony (est. from about 12 noon). Your guests can be added for a contribution of CHF 30 per adult towards the catering (no charge for children 12 and under), which also includes an open bar.
The reception is scheduled for the terrasse on the pool deck (1st Floor), overlooking Lake Geneva (indoor option for inclement weather).
Traditional regalia (caps and gowns) are rented for CHF 100 (at the cost of CHF 50 plus a CHF 50 deposit, which is returned right after the ceremony and group photo at the venue itself, when you return your gown).
Your Regalia is ordered by Webster upon your registration to the ceremony. We will fit you to a gown upon your arrival to the President Wilson Hotel on Saturday morning.
Caps are new and designated for one-time use (so you can keep it - and your tassle - after the ceremony). They are designed with elastic as "one size fits all".
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR GRADUATES
(links will be posted on 23 March @ noon)
Important documents to review before you register:
- Graduation Overview (pdf) with instructions on what to expect /how to plan for the Ceremony
- Detailed Graduation Day Timeline (pdf), which you can share with guests
You can also review our graduation presentation here in PDF, delivered on Tuesday, March 2022 to current students on campus.
If you have any questions related to the Commencement Ceremony, please contact Dounia, Events Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTER FOR THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION:
Registration Deadline: April 8, 2022
The online registration form will ask you to:
- Confirm your attendance,
- Pay for your graduation cap & gown rental/deposit,
- Reserve ceremony bracelets for your guests (ceremony bracelets are free of charge and serve as guest tickets for admission; these will be ready for pick-up at the venue),
- Reserve and pay for reception bracelets for your guests (CHF 30 per guest, 12 years and older / Graduates attend for free), and
- Pre-pay for your graduation photo package (optional)
OFFICIAL REGISTRATION FORM AND PAYMENT (LINK WILL BE LIVE ON MARCH 23)
You will need your student ID#, a credit card or paypal account and to know the final number of guests attending.
If your guests are coming from abroad and need a Schengen visa, please register ASAP and request a visa invitation letter from Gael Baboulaz, Director of Student Affairs, at email@example.com
INTERESTED TO BE A STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER?
Self-Nominations are now Open!
To be eligible as a student speaker, you will have earned your degree between October 2021 and August 2022. The ceremony will include:
- One Undergraduate Student Speaker
- One Graduate Student Speaker
An Awards Selection Committee will coordinate the selection of the 2022 speakers. To represent the class of 2022, you must apply online with a formal letter of motivation to the Commencement Awards Committee and to submit the main themes/lines/highlights of your prospective address.
2022 Graduation Speaker Selection Process & Timeline
2022 Student Speaker Self-Nomination / Application Form
You must apply with the form (including your motivation statement) and submit a draft with some of the major lines/themese of your speech by Sunday, April 10, 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee will select a group of finalists for an interview-audition.
Thank you for your interest in representing your classmates. Good luck to all the candidates!
IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS (SPRING 2022):
ALL students are required to complete the Mandatory Exit Procedure ("MEP") process before their degree is awarded.
Please follow the steps in the links below:
- Mandatory Exit Procedure (word doc)
You will be considered part of our Webster Alumni community once your degree is awarded. Completing the Alumni form below allows us to reach you after the ceremony, and to keep you informed of any special events or activities (in Geneva or online) for alumni.
- Alumni Association Online Form
THANK YOU for your compliance - this critical information allows us to authorize the release of your degree, to keep track of vital information for the Class of 2022 information and to reach you with important information following the ceremony.
Should you have any questions regarding the MEP procedures, please contact Beatrice
von Mach at email@example.com or Will McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org