MSc graduation
MSc graduation

Around 1,200 master graduates from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) celebrated their academic achievements with their classmates, friends and family at convention centre De Doelen in downtown Rotterdam on Saturday 4 November 2023.

In total, there were 12 ceremonies for 14 MSc programmes. In total, there were around 1,200 business master graduates representing more than 30 nationalities.

Keynote speakers included RSM alumni Mercedes Roggen and Tom Marshall, both entrepreneurs who took an unconventional path after their master education. Tom Marshall founded personal development organisation Extraordinary Life, and now facilitates sustainability workshops and climate career coaching. Mercedes Roggen combines her business skills with her passion for baking to start up her fast-growing bake shop Bakkit.

Now what?

Roggen told the graduates that life consists of many steps. Choosing a business degree is one of them. She said you can dream about corporate life or starting a business. All is fine, but be open to new ideas as your path and the steps you take can change along the way.

“It's absolutely okay to change those steps if your path changes,” she said. “Your path doesn’t have to be the one that you think is expected from you. You have the world at your feet. Believe in yourself, be honest towards yourself, take risks, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Utilise your strengths and those of people around you to collaborate and achieve what you truly believe in.”

Other alumni speakers at the graduation ceremonies were Stéphanie Platschorre, Maarten de Boo, Alba Tiley, Peggy Wu, Roland Svab, Rajarshi Chakraborty, Mayhar Zarrinphaker, Max van Overdam and Jidde Douma.

The graduate speakers from the MSc programmes were Arantxa Semprun, Sami Bounouar, Adam Gizewski, Nico Eymael, Andrada Trifan, Noemi van Doorne, Aristotelis Bakos, Julia Van Marrewijk, Jan Kühnke, Riccardo Murciano, Anhelina Trich, Guiette van der Vorst, Rob Guerts and Ana Pelin.

Career and alumni network

RSM graduates are in high demand in the international business world. The MSc Employment Report from last year’s graduates shows that over 90 per cent of them was employed within 6 months after graduation, or even during their studies. The report specifies the average starting salary per MSc programme, as well as the top employers, industries and countries of employment.

This ceremony counted the 50,000 alumni mark. The MSc graduates are now part of RSM’s extensive alumni network, which brings opportunities for lifelong learning, professional development and social connections. RSM alumni stay connected to each other and to RSM’s academics and students through global eventslocal chapterscontinued education opportunities, Think.Do. magazine and many other ways.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

For more information about RSM or this release, please contact Erika Harriford-McLaren, communications manager for RSM, on +31 10 408 2877 or by email at

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