On Thursday 25 April 2013, 111 Masters of Science students from 49 countries received their Masters of Science degree after completing their 18 months study from 2011 to 2013. The diploma awarding was held at the official Academic Closing ceremony where the Old Church in Delft served as the venue for the event.
The students were welcomed by the Rector, Prof. Andras Szollosi-Nagy, who reminded them of their first days at the Institute, suffering through the cold, the many lecturing hours, the 3000 hours of study and hard work and even biting into their first herring and stroopwafel.
Prof. Dr. Fritz Holzwarth, Chairperson of the UNESCO-IHE Governing Board, Deputy Director General for Water Management, German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, addressed the participants in his welcome address and called upon their duty to make a difference in the world.
Graduation speaker Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) then delivered his keynote address and told a tale from when he was only nine years old when he was given a weather station. A device that triggered his fascination for forecasting and measuring the different data. He never knew that one day he would be spearheading WMO and told the graduates that they need to find their passion and drive to make a difference.
Bipin Dangol from Nepal and Brenda Chimombe from Zimbabwe followed with a short student address and toast to a new generation of water leaders. People who will make a difference where they may return to.