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Education is a journey that shapes and nurtures individuals, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in their chosen fields. As another academic year came to a close, DigiPen Institute of Technology Europe-Bilbao proudly hosted the graduation ceremony on June 10, 2023, where students from both the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation programs were honored for their accomplishments. This event served as a celebration of their hard work and dedication, marking a significant milestone in their educational journey.

Graduates waiting for their diplomas.

The Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony was a great occasion that brought together faculty, staff, students, and their families. The event radiated an air of excitement and pride. In this sense, graduates, adorned in their academic regalia, anxiously awaited the moment when they would be officially recognized for their achievements.

The ceremony commenced with an opening address delivered by Ignacio de Otalora, the managing director of DigiPen Europe-Bilbao. His words resonated throughout the venue, highlighting the momentous day by paying tribute to the remarkable accomplishments of the graduating class. Ignacio’s speech set the tone for the ceremony, instilling a sense of pride and motivation in the hearts of the students, their families, and the faculty present.

Further enhancing the significance of the event, Miren Artaraz, Director of University Policy and Coordination at the Department of Education of the Basque Government, graced the stage with an impactful speech. In addition, Sergio Martinez, the Department Chair of Digital Arts and Film Production, and Thomas Komair, the Dean of Academic Affairs, delivered speeches tailored to the BFA in Digital Art and Animation and BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation students, respectively. Their speeches were filled with insights, encouragement, and guidance, instilling confidence and inspiring the graduates to embrace their chosen fields with passion and dedication.

Thrilled graduates throw their caps up.

Awarding of Degrees

During the ceremony, the graduates were individually called to the stage to receive their well-earned diplomas. Each student’s name was announced, symbolizing their successful completion of the rigorous academic programs at DigiPen. As they walked across the stage, a sense of accomplishment and anticipation filled the air, capturing the essence of their years of hard work and dedication.

In addition to the ceremonial aspect of the event, the graduation ceremony at DigiPen Europe-Bilbao was also a joyous celebration. A vast showcase of their work from their respective degrees was projected onto the screens demonstrating the progressive growth of their skillset. Music, cheers, and applause filled the air as family, friends, faculty, and staff honored the graduates for their tremendous achievements.

DigiPen Europe-Bilbao’s graduates, professors and staff pose in the set up.

Catering and Socializing

Following the formal proceedings, a festive catering was shared, providing an opportunity for families, teachers, staff, alumni, and students to come together and celebrate their accomplishments in a more relaxed setting. This moment of celebration was a great opportunity for parents to meet the teachers and for students to socialize with their instructors. Moreover, it allowed for reflection, gratitude, and camaraderie as graduates bid farewell to their alma mater and prepared for the next chapter in their lives.

The graduation ceremony was a remarkable event, celebrating the achievements of students who had dedicated themselves to their studies and personal growth. The ceremony served as a testament to their hard work, determination, and commitment to excellence. As the graduates received their degrees and embarked on new journeys, they carried with them the knowledge and skills acquired at DigiPen Europe-Bilbao, ready to make their mark in the world. That day would undoubtedly be etched in their memories, serving as a reminder of their academic accomplishments and the immense potential that lay ahead.

The DigiPen Institute of Technology Europe-Bilbao faculty and staff wish the graduates, armed with the education and experiences gained throughout their academic journey, the very best as they embark on their careers. May their path be filled with success, fulfillment, and endless opportunities to make a positive impact in their chosen fields!