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Graduation Ceremony in October

News: Oct 25, 2017

On 13 October, the Faculty of Education arranged its third annual graduation ceremony.

The purpose of the event was to celebrate new graduates from the Faculty’s Bachelor’s or Master’s programmes. The celebration was held in the Kjell Härnqvist auditorium and included speeches by Åke Ingerman, dean of the Faculty of Education, Karin Lidberg, alumni coordinator, and Erik Liberg from the student union.

The Cantola quintet and the Tongångarne student orchestra provided entertainment and the dean awarded the 58 new graduates symbolic diplomas. After the ceremony, all the graduates had an appreciated opportunity to mingle with each other and their family and friends.
In his speech to the graduates, Ingerman emphasised the importance of appreciating and defending the free access to higher education in Sweden.
‘Sweden has a long tradition of no-cost education. Many countries don’t. It is important that we both defend our system and encourage other nations to learn from it.’

Ingerman reminded the graduates that with education comes a responsibility to use it wisely in society at large and in particular when interacting with individuals with special needs.
‘Many of you will become special needs teachers specialising in dealing with schoolchildren with special needs in whatever life situation they are in.’
One thing to be happy about, said Ingerman, is that Sweden is still largely characterised by reason and a fundamental respect for knowledge.
‘However, the world is witnessing an alarming trend in the form of widespread populism, where higher education and what we represent often clash with core populist views and therefore are threatened. The new president of the United States and the decisions and statements that have been made in his first year in office are problematic in many ways, not least due to the disregard for knowledge and factual circumstances that permeates them. The validity of established science in several disciplines, academic representatives and universities as an organisation have been questioned repeatedly. Sweden is not isolated from the rest of the world. All of us who have gathered here today are ambassadors of knowledge,’ said Ingerman.

The graduation ceremony was led by Mona Arfs, head of the Department of Education and Special Education.


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