`Friends for life´
Last week the halls of NHH were filled with the CEMS graduating class of 2020 and 2021, enjoying their much-awaited degree celebration previously postponed by the pandemic.
The degree celebration took place in one of NHH’s most prestigious representation rooms, called “Stupet”.
As CEMS graduates, the students have not only completed their masters’ degree at NHH, but obtained a second degree, the CEMS Master in International Management, offered by a global alliance of leading business schools, multinational companies, and NGOs.
The well-ranked program aims to prepare “responsible leaders contributing to a more open, sustainable, and inclusive world” (CEMS, 2022). With a special focus on promoting global citizenship, inclusiveness, and international cooperation, the program encompasses an international exchange, which has been fairly challenging during the past years due to the pandemic.
Following the degree ceremony graduates reconnected, sharing stories of their time in CEMS, while enjoying great food, drink, and conversation.
Graduate Christian Kambo shared that
`It is so fun to be back and catching up with the cemsies! CEMS is a never-ending journey that I‘m so grateful to be a part of!´.
Despite the challenges that this cohort has faced, the graduates loved their CEMS time.
Graduate Inger Mirjam Madland said that despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, she still felt the community of CEMS supporting her. Graduate Marie Løtveit, who happened to be NHH’s 500th CEMS graduate, added that she had particularly enjoyed the international atmosphere which enabled her to meet people from other countries and cultures. Graduate Nils-Fredrik Solem agreed on the importance of international knowledge exchange and stated that he found friends for life.
Heartfelt speeches were given by esteemed school faculty members, praising the graduating cohort's perseverance through times of uncertainty and congratulating them on all their achievements.
Stig Tenold, Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs, talked about the importance of cross-cultural collaboration within education and the impact that the CEMS programme has had in shaping the culture and values of NHH and schools abroad. Norunn Økland, CEMS Programme manager, shared her love for the graduating cohort, thanking the graduates for making her job the best job in the world while encouraging the graduates to use their voice for good as the next generation of business leaders.