How It Was: Graduation 2018
The theme of this year’s HSE graduation party, which was held at Moscow’s Izvestia Hall, was ‘Bond’. Party-goers enjoyed espionage contests, British humor and, of course, plenty of music.
The program was organized by two student organizations – ‘In-group StS’ and the musical group, ‘NoSilence’. Thanks to their efforts, Izvestia Hall was transformed into the world of the well-known special agent 007.
The walls were decorated with large dice and diamonds. Everyone could have their photo taken with James Bond and his companion. Guests, who were transformed into the heroes of the film for the night, were given their own special missions using a fingerprint and were presented with special agent ID on the spot. They tested their accuracy skills in laser tag, their dexterity with flying bank notes and even tried their luck in opening a safe and neutralizing a ‘bomb’.
The musical line-up included all the hits from the famous film franchise – songs by Adele and Sam Smith, as well as Skyfall, which was performed by Daris and the HSE. Guests sang along with the musicians to the popular tune. Roza, The Sky and Noire Blanche performed hits by Christina Aguilera, Adam Lambert, Stevie Wonder and other famous faces. DJs came later in the evening with their sets, making sure that the dance floor was occupied until dawn. The party-goers were congratulated on stage by HSE’s vice-rector, Igor Chirikov. He told them that, as HSE graduates, they can look forward to personal and professional victories, successful careers and exciting futures.
‘I was expecting a very cool event, and my expectations were definitely met,’ said Irina Ushchekina, a graduate of the Design programme. ‘I arrived to see a throng of beautiful-looking, well-dressed people. But what was most enjoyable was the atmosphere. I went to have a good time and to celebrate with my friends and peers, and that’s what I did.’
‘What's next?’ mused Business Informatics graduate, Vitaly Volkov. ‘I think we all have a lot to look forward to. I plan to continue my studies at HSE and will do a Master’s degree, but I haven’t decided on the programme yet. The best thing about being an HSE graduate is that I have freedom of choice.’
The International Preparatory Year programme held its graduation ceremony in July. This academic year, 125 students from 50 countries were enrolled in the programme. They will continue their studies at Russian universities, most of them pursuing bachelor's and master's programmes at HSE University. The graduation was organised as a quest, where the students were able to demonstrate their achievements in learning the Russian language. Graduates from Ecuador, Syria, and Mexico shared their impressions with the HSE News Service, Deputy Director Polina Shanko talked about plans for the coming year, and mathematics teacher Vladimir Gordin gave his advice to future students.
This year for the first time in HSE history, the graduation ceremony will take place at one time for all four HSE campuses. Almost 11,000 students from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Perm will gather online to bid the university farewell and celebrate the next chapter in their lives.
On July 4, HSE University graduates celebrated their graduation with Little Big, a vibrant punk rave band, - this was the University’s gift to the students. The concert drew students, graduates from previous years, and HSE University staff: over 5,000 people attended the event.
On 20th June HSE invites all graduates, students and teachers to the Star Wars themed University Graduation Party at Space Moscow. This is without a doubt, the best party of the year. But to get the most out of it, remember to follow these few vital steps.