I was awarded the prominent price of Graduate of the Year 2012 at Aarhus University Herning.
The price is awarded to a student who has had significant impact on the study environment at Aarhus University and I was awarded Graduate of the Year 2012 for my work with the Thought Leader Series.
At the graduation ceremony Friday the 29th of June, everything was just as any graduation ceremony should be. There were speeches from directors, students and a long process of diplomas being handed to all the proud and happy graduates. I was among the graduates and together with all my friends; I enjoyed receiving my second diploma in a week.
The last entry on the scheduled ceremony program was presentation of awards. A total of 10 students received prices all for their great results on their bachelor thesis. The very last price awarded was the price of Graduate of the Year 2012. I had absolutely no idea that I was a candidate to receive the price, and as the University Director Michael Goodsite was reading out loud the argumentation for awarding this year’s price, I was still in great doubt. However, my friends around me didn’t seem to doubt that much and a lot of turning heads and pokes from those within reach became a reality.
Being awarded the price among so many great students is an honour and I was truly happy and a bit proud to be the one shaking the hands of the University Director. The price symbolised the ending of a great three years of my life and it feels good looking back knowing that I made a significant impact that was recognised and appreciated by the university and the management.
The following speech was read out loud by Center Director Michael E. Goodsite at the ceremony:
” The student, who are to receive the award ”Graduate of the Year”, has contributed to the value of Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, AU Herning in the best possible way. The student has taken a rare and original initiative to bring to AU Herning the experience and actions of real life companies. The initiative has made a difference for all students at AU Herning without exception. The student has in his spare time, next to his daily studies, and without any compensation, managed to arrange for a series of presentations, where CEOs with a nerve and thought have shared their story. Egetaepper, JBS, EG, Rationel, and MCH are just a few of the mid and western Jutlandic companies which have been represented in the “Thought-Leader Series”. The Students activities greatly support our strategic value ‘closeness to the Business Community’. The Student has also participated in our Buddy program to assist exchange student settle at AU Herning. The student is rich on initiative and a very responsible person. We have seen that this student has gone through an impressive personal development through his student life here at AU Herning – this is a flower that has been nourished by his study and social activities – and who is now UNIQ and ready to take new challenges. It is with pleasure we present the award to HAim graduate: Michael Alexander Hold. ,,