Graduation ceremony

Your graduation ceremony is the moment to celebrate the result of your hard work! 
We, therefore, look forward to seeing you at the ceremony. Before you can receive your diploma, it is important to complete all the steps of the registration procedure.

On this page, you will find an overview of all the steps you need to take to participate in your graduation ceremony. Click on each step for more information. At the bottom of the page, there is an overview of frequently asked questions.

To receive your diploma, you must have completed all components of your study and all EC's. After you have obtained these, you will receive a confirmation from the student administration department within three weeks.

Go to Osiris to ensure that all your courses have been completed and all ECs (minimum 60) have been allocated to your study progress overview. 

If something is missing from your study progress overview, please contact the educational office of your department via the links below in the MyEUR environment.

Educational Office Psychology

Educational Office of Pedagogical Sciences

Educational Office Sociology

Educational Office of Public Administration

If you have completed all your credits but have not been notified after 3 weeks, please contact the Study Progress and Diplomas department at spd.sf@eur.nl.

When you have obtained all EC’s, you will receive a confirmation from the Study Progress and Diplomas department within three weeks. In this confirmation you receive a link to request your diploma. Via this link you can indicate to pick up your diploma or to sign up for the graduation ceremony (if deadline has not passed). In the graduation calendar, you will find the dates of each graduation ceremony per study programme.

Please note: The deadline to register for the graduation ceremony is September 15, 2022.

After the graduation ceremony, you go from being an ESSB student to an ESSB Alumnus. The ESSB Alumni Office would like to keep in touch with you on behalf of the faculty. Your contact information must be kept up to date in Osiris for us to be able to stay in touch with you.

As an ESSB alumnus, you will receive a newsletter three times a year with updates about the alumni network, alumni activities and events, and news from the ESSB faculty. Curious how you can stay involved as an alumnus with your fellow students and the faculty? Check out the ESSB alumni page.

If you have registered before the deadline for the Graduation Ceremony and have received an automatic confirmation about this, you will receive an official invitation about three to four weeks in advance of the graduation ceremony. See the Graduation Calendar for when your Graduation Ceremony will take place.

Osiris calculates if you qualify for '(Summa) Cum Laude'. You can read the rules for graduating (Summa) Cum Laude in the OER – Rules and Regulations of your academic year.

If you need proof of graduation before you receive your diploma, you can request a graduation statement from ESSC here

Students who have participated in the Honours Programme automatically receive - if they have not already received it - their letter of recommendation (EUR Honours Programme) or partial certificate (ESSB Honours Programme).

If you are eligible for a Certificate of Recognition and you wish to receive it, you have to apply for it. Click here for more info.

Yes, the ceremonies must be fun, surprising and personal for both the students and the professors. That is why we like to allow students to organise something for the intermezzo moment of the ceremonies.

Are you or do you know a student with an excellent idea for a bit of entertainment during the ceremonies? Then send a message to graduation@essb.eur.nl.   

In the Graduation calendar you will find an overview of the dates and times of each ceremony, changes reserved. The duration of a ceremony varies by program, but a graduation ceremony generally lasts 1 to 2 hours.

If you prefer to collect your diploma, you will receive an invitation with a link to make an appointment for this. Diplomas are collected at the counter of the Erasmus Student Service Centre (ESSC). 

Students who are unable to collect their diploma themselves may authorise someone else to do so for them. A signed authorisation form is required.

The amount of quests you may bring to your graduation ceremony will be mentioned in the official invitation which will be sent to you a couple of weeks before the ceremony takes place. Keep in mind that you can generally bring no more than three guests. 

If there are stricter Covid-19 regulations in place on the day you receive your diploma, the amount of guests may change.

We reserve the right to change this number in the official invitation without explanation.

A last-minute change in the Covid-19 measures may make it difficult to organise a physical ceremony. Not to worry!

That does not mean that there will be no ceremony at all. We have an excellent alternative that can also take place if stricter measures apply.

If a physical ceremony cannot occur due to more stringent measures, you will be informed at least three weeks in advance. 


After the graduation ceremony, you go from being an ESSB student to an ESSB Alumnus. The ESSB Alumni Office would like to keep in touch with you on behalf of the faculty. To be able to stay in touch, your contact details must be kept up to date. You can do this by clicking on the link.    

The Alumni Office will send you an email three times a year with updates about the alumni network, alumni activities and events, and news from the ESSB faculty.  

Furthermore, as an ESSB Alumnus you can help with:  

  • Offering internships or company visits to ESSB students 
  • Delivering guest lectures 
  • Become a member of the ESSB Alumni Board 

Together with the Alumni Board, the Alumni Office organises fun activities for alumni. Would you like to know more about this? Then follow the ESSB Alumni profile on LinkedIn or keep an eye on the Alumni webpage. You can also email the Alumni Office at alumni@essb.eur.nl 

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