Illustrious guests and good adviceMembers of the Monegasque government were also present to greet the Monaco students with a standing ovation as they solemnly entered the hall.
After a speech by the general director of IUM, Dr Müller, the keynote speaker, Mr Bertrand Badré, former Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the World Back, took to the stage. Mr Badré has also held key positions at Société Générale, Crédit Agricole and Lazard, and was an advisor to one of the diplomatic teams of the former French President Jacques Chirac. He wished the Monaco students good luck with all their future endeavours and shared helpful advice. He was keen to emphasise that they should always be open to accepting any kind of adventure and should not be afraid of failure. The Monaco students were then blessed by the Catholic Church of Monaco, before being called on stage to receive their diplomas.
Academic optionsIUM accepts students from all over the world: according to the latest data, undergraduates and graduates of 80 different nationalities are currently studying at the university. Apart from its Bachelor programmes, the IUM proposes five different MBA and DBA programmes (Marketing of Luxury Goods and Services, International Management, Brand Management, Finance, and Sports Management).
A memorable celebrationDuring celebratory refreshments in the lobby of the Grimaldi forum, everyone agreed that the ceremony had been emotional, dignified and memorable. A highlight of the evening for everyone was the elated students going on stage and throwing their caps in the air.
The festivities later continued at the famous Monaco real estate jewel, Jimmy’z night club. But that's another story...