CEMS Annual Events & MIM Graduation Ceremony

Information for Graduands

Congratulations on your upcoming CEMS MIM Graduation! Let's make the best out of your special day in Bergen!

Information for the graduands

Important information about the schedule and venues

Friday, 6 December 2024, Pre-Graduation Party:

On Friday, 6 December, NHH invites you to the CEMS Pre-Graduation Party in Bergen. 

Celebrate your impending graduation in style with lively entertainment at Kulturhuset in Bergen. Enjoy an evening of festivities with your fellow graduands before the big day!

Pre-Graduation Party:

Your ticket includes entry to the party, one (1) drink token (wine, beer, or soft drink), and one (1) food token. 
Please note that spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduands may bring one (1) guest to this event. 

Saturday, 7 December 2024, Graduation Day Activities:

Your graduation will take place at Grieghallen in Bergen.

Dress code for graduands:

Smart formal, including:
  • Tuxedo, national costume, or a formal dark suit and tie.
  • Long dress, smart suit, or a formal cocktail-length dress.

Arrival & registration, 12:00 noon – mandatory for all graduands:

  • On arrival, please follow signs to the registration desk.
  • At the registration desk, present your registration confirmation QR code (electronic or printed copy).
  • Once registered, report to your Programme Manager at the area specifically allocated for your School.

All graduands attending the Graduation Ceremony must  arrive at 12:00 noon to attend the mandatory briefing and rehearsal. This is to ensure the ceremony runs smoothly. Every school has a WhatsApp group to support coordination during the day. Contact your Programme Manager for further details.

At registration, you will receive:
  • A graduation stole to wear throughout the ceremony.
  • A wristband denoting which events you have registered for.
  • Dietary requirement tickets, in accordance with information provided at time of registration.

Rehearsal, briefing and lunch, 12.30-13.30:

We will have a mandatory rehearsal of the ceremony, offering instruction on how to line up and proceed to the ceremony hall, your seating arrangement, and how to enter the stage and receive your diploma.

It takes time to line up all the schools and graduands in the right sequence, so please be attentive and support your Programme Manager’s instructions.

Graduands will be organised by School with official speeches preceding, and following, the diploma distribution.
You will be called onto the stage by your Programme Manager and will receive your diploma from one of the high academic officials representing the Schools of the CEMS Global Alliance.

Graduands will be provided with lunch.

Photo session, 14:30-15:30:

All Programme Managers and event stewards are aware of the photo session schedule in advance. You will be informed and ushered to the photo session and its location accordingly. Please be aware of your Programme Manager’s location at all times.

You will be given a red graduation stole to wear during the ceremony. There will be no time for a change of clothes after rehearsal, so the dress code applies from arrival time at 12.00 noon.

CEMS MIM Graduation Ceremony:

Graduation Reception:

Graduation Dinner:*

*Dinner menu: 
  • Please make sure you select your allergy and intolerance options for you and your guests, in the registration form. 
  • There will be serving during dinner and a drink. 
  • More information about the menu and table arrangement will arrive in fall. 

Graduation Party:

Information for your guests

Information about venue capacity and number of guests

Graduation Ceremony. You can invite up to two guests to Ceremony. Seats in the main hall will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with overflow guests directed to screening rooms . All graduands are guaranteed a seat in the main hall.

Dinner. The dinner hall can seat 1000 guests, registrations will be limited accordingly. For alternative restaurants nearby, please refer to this list.

Graduation Party. You can invite up to two (2) guests to the Graduation Party.

Guest registration - Grieghallen, 14:30-16:30:
At the registration desk, please advise your guests to present their registration confirmation QR code (electronic or printed copy).
Please encourage your guests to come with sufficient time to register and reach their seats. Your guests will be directed to the designated guest seating area.

At registration, your guests will receive:
  • A wristband denoting which events you have purchased.
  • Special dietary requirement tickets, if advised at time of booking.

Graduation Ceremony - Grieghallen Bergen, 16:30-19:00:

The ceremony will start at 16:30 promptly. Graduands should be ready to line up at 16:00. Please keep in mind the instructions from the rehearsal so that the ceremony can run smoothly.
On stage, you will receive a provisional congratulatory “diploma”. Your actual CEMS diploma and certificate will be sent to you by your Programme Manager in January 2025.

Graduation Reception - Grieghallen, 19:00-20:30:

When the graduation ceremony is over, the academic officials will exit followed by the graduands and lastly, the guests.
Please join us in raising a glass to the graduating class.

Graduation Dinner - Grieghallen, 20:30-22:30:

The doors to the graduation dinner will open at 20:30 to those with the appropriate wristbands. Please remember to place your special dietary requirement ticket on your plate.

Graduation Party - Grieghallen, 22:30-3:00:

Doors to the party will open at 22:30 to those with the appropriate wristbands.
Please keep track of both the official website and communications from your Programme Manager (emails & WhatsApp Group), for updated and regular information.
Please note that Grieghallen is a cashless venue. All payments for drinks (and late night snacks, which will be available from midnight) will need to be paid by card.

Live streaming of the graduation:

If you have family and friends who would like to watch the graduation ceremony from their homes, live streaming will be available on the official website from 16:00 Central European Time (CET) on Saturday, 7 December 2024.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bergen!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at annualevents@cems.org.