On July 5, the graduation ceremonies took place at “Mikhailovskaya Dacha” campus. This year, 157 students received Bachelor’s degree and 101 — Master’s. Eleven Master students and four Bachelors received diplomas with distinction. Olga Alkanova conducted the graduation ceremony for Master graduates, and the Bachelor's ceremony was held by Anna Sorokina.
At 11:00 the diplomas were awarded to the Master’s graduates. Andrey Kostin, President and Chairman of VTB Bank Management Board, Olga Dergunova, GSOM Director and Deputy President and Chairman of VTB Bank Management Board, as well as Konstantin Krotov, Head of School addressed to the graduates. “Who, if not you, the elite of management, can actually change this world and make it a better place? We think that you will approach to this task seriously as responsible graduates of GSOM SPbU,” said Konstantin Krotov, and urged graduates to return to the School as MBA students, guest lecturers, partners and friends.
Also in the ceremony took part: Anastasia Semenyuk, Director of Quality Control at VKontakte, Matias Weber, General Director of the Schneider Group office in St. Petersburg, Maria Misyuk, Product Manager of Wrike Company, Alexander Arkhipov, Executive Director of the Alumni Association of St. Petersburg University and GSOM SPbU alumnus, and Dmitry Potapov, Financial Performance Management Manager at Henkel. Maria Misyuk told graduates about her trip to India after graduation, as well as how difficult it was to get an internship. “Firstly, you are the creators of your career, if something does not work out, you can always find a way out of this situation. Secondly, please do not be afraid of failures. They are your best teachers. Overcome them quickly, learn and move forward. And finally, when you leave this place, build a great career, do not be afraid and do not forget to stop, realize your success and do not be afraid to share it with your friends and family,” said Maria Misyuk.
Olga Alkanova, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Marketing, and Tatyana Gavrilova, Head of the Department of Information Technologies in Management, congratulated graduates on behalf of the professors' staff.
At 14:00 the ceremony for bachelors begun. Andrey Kostin wished graduates to remain ambitious and purposeful, and Konstantin Krotov told bachelors: “Perhaps you are not yet aware how powerful you have become, how much power is concentrated in your heads, in this diploma ... And, as we know, with great force comes a big responsibility. We know, we are sure that you will be responsible sons and daughters of the Graduate School of Management.”
This year, for the first time, students of the International Management program graduated. Academic director Karina Bogatyreva addressed to the graduates. “Be prepared to act proactively, stay ahead of the changes, take on challenges and take on a lot of responsibility,” she said.
Graduates Marina Tretyakov and Sargis Saakyan spoke on behalf of all Bachelor graduates and thanked the faculty and staff for all the work they did, and also remembered the most difficult and funny moments of the past four years.
Graduates of the bachelor's programs were also congratulated by Dmitry Lazarchuk, General Director of ZAO Petersburg Products International (P&G), Sergey Kharichkin KPMG partner, Alexander Kulikov, deputy general director of Segmento and Andrey Yakovlev, acting director of the North-West Territorial Administration of the Federal Agency for Fishery.