They started in September 2019 with their 1-year Masters of Science in Digital Business & Innovation. Right in the middle of their year, while starting their thesis, this cohort met the first lockdown due to Covid-19 in March 2020. A complete turnaround, and a time in which being connected got new meanings.
While coping with lockdown and uncertainty was hard at times, many students felt that it was even harder to write a thesis. But they managed after all, as can also be seen in the many blog posts on their interesting and creative projects. In pre-Corona circumstances, they would have had their big graduation ceremony in the Aula of the VU in October 2020. But around that time we all faced our many-eth lockdown and strict Corona regulations, which prevented us from organizing a proper rite-of-passage to get the graduates from students to professionals.
But… on the last day of the academic year of 2020-2021, almost a year of delay, it could finally happen: a festive graduation ceremony within the current regulations. Instead of the Aula, it could take place in the décor of the Schouwburg Amstelveen. Each individual student was put in the spotlight with a personal word addressed to them. Teachers gave speeches, lectures and explanations about the tracks within the program, and student Thomas van Bilderbeek gave an entertaining speech on behalf of the students. And as cherry on the cake, the DBI Thesis Award went to Michiel van Hoorn, right before runners-up Jochem Klinkhamer and Arnoud Prop.
Congratuations to all the students! It was great seeing you!