Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Ceremony

To celebrate that you have finished your master in one year a grand MSc Graduation ceremony will be organised on Saturday 6 October 2018. If it took you a little longer than one year you are also very welcome. For programmes that last for more than 12 months, a graduation ceremony will be organised on the following dates. Further information will be communicated to you via announcements at closer to the date.

International Management/CEMS: Friday 20 April 2018

Master in Management: Friday 14 December 2018

MSc Finance and Investments - Advanced: Thursday 20 December 2018

  • The RSM master graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday 6 October 2018 in De Doelen, Rotterdam.

    On this day, all registered graduates will receive their diploma in one of the three parallel ceremonies. After the registration is closed, the location of each master programme will be confirmed.

    During your ceremony, you will enter the theatre and stage by master programme.

    Preliminary programme outline:

    • Registration for graduates and distribution of cap and gown in Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam (12:00)
    • Ceremony briefing for graduates
    • Graduates have a group photo taken by a professional photographer
    • Welcome drink (coffee and tea) for guests in De Doelen (12:45)
    • Guest take their seats in the Grote Zaal, Willem Burger Zaal or Jurriaanse Zaal
    • Procession from WTC Rotterdam to De Doelen, live broadcast
    • Graduates enter the Grote Zaal, Willem Burger Zaal or Jurriaanse Foyer
    • Start of ceremony, including the official awarding of diplomas and speeches
    • Reception (end 18:00)
  • Registration is no longer possible. The deadline for registration for the MSc Graduation Ceremony was 19 August 2018 and has therefore passed

  • For all theatres a small number of tickets is available. These tickets will go on sale on Thursday 6 Septemer 2018 at 10:00. 

    In order to give as many graduates as possible the chance to obtain an additional ticket, you may purchase only one additional guest ticket – first come, first served. The additional ticket sale is available until Thursday 13 September 2018, or when tickets are sold out.

    If tickets are sold out, you can add yourself to a waiting list. As soon as tickets become available (for instance when somebody drops out), the first on the list will receive a message. If you do not receive a message, it means that there is no available ticket.

    If for some reasons you managed to order more than 1 ticket during this additional round of ticket sale, we will remove the additional ticket(s) and refund your order automatically – so each student can only purchase one additional ticket in this round.

    If you order more tickets than the allowed maximum of one additional ticket we will refund your order without notice!

    Ticket sale Grote Zaal (all programmes except AFM, FI and MM)

    Ticket sale Willem Burger Zaal (AFM and FI)

    Ticket sale Jurriaanse Zaal (MM)

  • To make your graduation day unforgettable you must wear a cap, stole and gown during your graduation ceremony. You may choose between purchasing or renting a gown. Renting a gown is slightly less expensive and more sustainable.

    In both cases you receive the cap as a gift from RSM. Distribution will take place prior to the ceremony.


    • Purchase : € 29,50
    • Rental: € 22,-
  • The procession from WTC to De Doelen and all three ceremonies will be broadcast live.

    See the links to the live streams below.

    Grote Zaal

    Willem Burger Zaal

    Jurriaanse Zaal

  • At RSM we care about your privacy.  

    For you to be able to participate in the MSc graduation ceremony we need certain information from you.

    Information we collect
    We collect personal information like your name, your student number, your email address, your MSc programme, your gown size, and your I WILL statement. Next to this we receive your home address and credit card details from Eventbrite at the moment you pay by credit card. You can have a look at the Privacy Statement of Eventbrite.

    How we use information
    We use this personal information to organise the MSc graduation ceremony.

    • Your student number is to make sure that you receive your diploma
    • Your name and I WILL statement are needed for the slide in the presentation used during the ceremony
    • Your email address is needed to provide you with the necessary information
    • Your name and gown size are shared with Caps and Gowns, so they can provide you with a gown of the correct size


    How we share information
    While we use services from OpenWebcast, Stageclip, Eventbrite, and Caps and Gowns, we do not share any of your data with them or with a third party – with the only exceptions outlined below.

    We only share your gown size with Caps and Gowns so they could provide you with a gown of your correct size.

    Also please be aware that the ceremony will be broadcasted by OpenWebcast. More information about it can be found below.

    How we store information
    Your Eventbrite registration details are stored for one year. After that they will be deleted. Photos and videos taken during the graduation ceremony will be publicly visible for half a year, after that they are archived for historical value.

    Broadcast graduation ceremony
    The MSc graduation ceremony will be broadcasted live. We broadcast the ceremony as not everybody will be able to attend the ceremony.

    During the ceremony your name, your master programme, your I WLL statement and a possible Cum Laude distinction will be displayed. This video will be available after the graduation ceremony as a memento for you. The video will be transferred to the company StageClip in the United Kingdom and they will make a clip of your moment of graduation. Graduates receive a link to these clips with which you can find your own clip.

    Please also read the EUR Privacy statement. The right to be forgotten cannot be exercised on the broadcast and videoclip.

    • By organising more ceremonies we hope you will be able to bring more guests. Off course ceremonies in different rooms with a different capacity and a different number of graduates may result in a different total number of guests that you can bring.

    • Due to the large number of graduates we expect to attend the graduation ceremony and the limited number of seats, it is necessary to limit the number of guests per graduate.

    • If you will be graduating from two master programmes you may receive both degrees simultaneously at the ceremony, as all master degrees will be awarded then.
      However, because the ceremony and awarding of degrees will be organised per programme, you will need to indicate via Eventbrite with which one master programme you would like to participate in the ceremony, that is, with which programme you will be grouped and seated, and in such case, you may only choose one. When you are called to the stage, however, you will receive both degrees.
      Please send an email to to inform us about your situation if you will be graduating with two degrees. 

    • Guest tickets are allotted per graduate, not per degree. The maximum number of guest tickets thus remains two per graduate, even if you will be graduating with two degrees.

    • We would like to make sure that everyone wears the same cap, gown and tassle in the same colours. Therefore all RSM master graduates are required to order the cap and gown via Eventbrite.

    • Our supplier charges a deposit of € 10,- for the stole. Once you return this stole after the ceremony you get your deposit refunded.

    • This is possible. You may pay the additional € 7,50 when you pick up your cap and gown at the graduation ceremony.

    • RSM itself bears the cost of the venue rental and organisation for the master graduation ceremony. However, as a primarily publicly funded university, we are unable to assume the significant additional costs of caps and gowns for all graduates, and event catering, and therefore charge a guest ticket fee to contribute to those costs.

    • You need to be graduated to attend the graduation ceremony. As an exchange student, you will officially not be graduated, since you will take on extra course load of at least 20 ECTS, for which we will extend your exam programme.  

      However, for those students who complete all 60 ECTS of their exam programme before they go on exchange, in other words those of you who do NOT leave one elective open and would have been graduated if they would not go on exchange, we will allow you to attend the graduation ceremony, together with the students of your cohort.

      Please keep in mind the following:

      • Cost for flying back, attending the graduation ceremony etc. are at your own expense
      • You will need to register for the graduation ceremony
      • You will not receive your official diploma, since you will not officially graduate yet.

      For those of you who are going on exchange, leaving one elective of 6 ECTS open, it will not be possible to attend the graduation ceremony as a ‘graduate’. You are more than welcome to attend the graduation as a guest and pick up your diploma in next year's ceremony. Ticket sale takes place at a later stage.

      Also those students who have completed all 60 ECTS of their exam programme and are not planning to attend the ceremony this year, are welcome to attend the graduation ceremony in September/October next year.

    • During the graduation ceremony only I WILL statements that you fill in when you register via Eventbrite will be used, so an I WILL photo is not needed.  If you do not (want to) fill in a statement,  your statement will automatically become 'I WILL GRADUATE'.

    • More information on how to obtain your degree you can find here.