ABOUT OUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
We are proud to announce that Ambassador Bathsheba “Sheba” Nell Crocker, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, will be our esteemed commencement speaker. Ambassador Crocker's biography can be found on the website of the U.S. Mission here.
We look forward to hearing the valuable insights she will be able to share with our graduating class and their guests.
Please find full event details, instructions for graduates (and information for registering your guests) below. We hope you can join us!
Intercontinental Hotel: Chemin du Petit-Saconnex 7-9, 1211, Geneva
Admission to the ceremony is restricted to those with pre-reserved guest bracelets.
Pre-reserved guest bracelets for the ceremony and cocktail reception can be picked up at the Guest Registration desk in the hotel lobby on Saturday as of 1:30 pm
The cocktail reception (Garden party) will be held at Webster campus (see below for further details). Access to the reception is for pre-registered guests only.
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.
GRADUATION RECEPTION - Garden Party
(for graduating students and pre-registered guests only)
Graduating students (and eligible returning Alumni) are invited to a 2-hour Garden Party following the ceremony, at Webster campus. Estimated times (Ceremony 15:00 to 16:30, Garden Party to follow).
A shuttle service will be available (no extra cost) for all registered guests from 4.30 pm from the Intercontinental Hotel to Webster campus (one way only).
REGISTRATION FOR ADDITIONAL GUESTS
ALL guests to the ceremony will get one bracelet color, and all students receive two bracelets for the Garden Party as part of the graduation package (students also attend free).
Any extra guest is charged CHF 70 Chf, per adult (free for children under the age of 12). Please make sure to register any extra guest, using the registration link below.
If you pre-pay for more than 2 guests to attend the reception (as per below), these access bracelets will also be given upon arrival to the check-in at the ceremony.
Traditional regalia (caps and gowns) are part of the graduation package of CHF 200 CHF. The gowns and caps cannot be returned following the Commencement ceremony as it is a one time purchase.
Your Regalia is ordered by Webster upon your registration to the ceremony. We will fit you to a gown upon your arrival to the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday morning.
Graduation gowns are different for the bachelor degree, which have a colored stole (see left gown in photo) or a colored hood that goes over the shoulders for the master degree (right in photo). The colors depend on the academic discipline of your degree.
Graduation caps (mortar board) are new each year 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".
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS FOR YOU AND YOUR GUESTS
Please review before you officially register for the ceremony:
- Graduation Overview (pdf)
(instructions on what to expect /how to plan for the Ceremony)
- Graduation Day Timeline (pdf)
(time lines that you can share with guests)
You will be able to download our presentation slides (pdf), delivered to currently enrolled students on campus on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, or watch a recorded Info Session about graduation.
Access Passcode for the recording: xxxxxx
(PDF and passcode will be posted on 29 March)
If you have any questions related to the Commencement Ceremony, please contact Dounia, Events Coordinator, at email@example.com
OFFICIAL REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
The online registration form is now live. Please click here or click on the link below to register. Please make sure to mention the student’s full name when registering.
The Graduation package, at the cost of CHF 200, per student, includes the following :
- Commencement registration bracelets for two guests
- Garden party cocktail reception for two guests
- two hour open wine and softs bar on campus for two guests
- Cap and Gown (non refundable)
- Shuttle service from the Intercontinental Hotel to Webster campus (one way only)
Any extra guest is charged CHF 70, per guest.
Entrance to the Commencement and the Garden party is free for children under the age of 12.
STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS
Your ceremony will include:
- One Undergraduate Student Speaker
- One Graduate Student Speaker
To represent the class of 2023, you must apply online. An Awards Selection Committee will coordinate the selection of the 2023 speakers.
Learn more and apply!
You must apply through the form (including your motivation statement) and submit a draft with some of the major lines/themes of your speech by Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at Noon to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest in representing your classmates. Good luck to all the candidates!
We look forward to celebrating with you.
FINAL REMINDER for currently enrolled students (graduating in May or August 2023):
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:
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.
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 2023 information and to reach you with important information following the ceremony.
Should you have any questions, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org(with email@example.com in copy)