The City of Brussels, with ULB and VUB, is organising a graduation ceremony on the Grote Markt

The City of Brussels, with ULB and VUB, is organising a graduation ceremony on the Grote Markt

For the second year in a row, the City of Brussels is organising a graduation ceremony for the students of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université libre de Bruxelles. The students of graduating year 2021 will experience an unforgettable moment on the Grote Markt and in the City Hall, in the presence of their families and various prominent figures.

From 4 to 10 October, the students of VUB and ULB will be honoured on the most beautiful square in the world. “The graduation ceremony on the Grote Markt is very symbolic, and we in the City of Brussels are delighted to be able to offer ULB and VUB students and their families this experience, especially after the last particularly difficult months in their student careers,” says Philippe Close, mayor of the City of Brussels.

For seven days, this important event will be the focal point for businesses on the Grote Markt and in the city centre. Beforehand, the gowns will be handed out in the magnificent Royal Saint-Hubert galleries.

“It is fantastic to be able to perform the proclamation of our students on Brussels’ magnificent Grote Markt – a strong symbol that magnifies even more than usual the efforts they have made during this difficult period. I warmly congratulate them and thank the City of Brussels for welcoming us back,” says Annemie Schaus, rector of ULB.

“It is wonderful for the students to be able to conclude their studies in style on the Grote Markt , where the city of Brussels welcomes us again this year. It is a crowning achievement of a period of personal growth and intellectual development and an inspiration for their individual future. We give them this beautiful farewell with love,” says Caroline Pauwels, rector of the VUB.

To guarantee everyone’s safety in the stands and in the City Hall, these areas are covered by the Covid Safe Ticket protocol.

Journalists will have free access to the event on the Grote Markt. The QR code of all Covid Safe Tickets will be scanned. Photographers will be able to enter the tribune in front of the balcony of the City Hall (maximum five people at one time).

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