July 04 – thesis presentation at TU Delft

In the Netherlands, the graduation process is much different than it is in the US. One of the masters students at TU was kind enough to invite us to her final masters presentation, at the end of which she was awarded with her marks and her degree. Instead of having a large graduation where everyone in the class receives their diploma, the student presents their thesis project individually and then answers a series of questions from the jury, as in a typical review. Then, the jury adjourns briefly to decide on a final grade for the student, and afterward they come out and say a few words and publicly announce the grade that is given, and give the student their diploma. Their friends and family are there and after all this is over, they have graduated! Very different and much more personal than the usual American graduation ceremony!