Academic Events

While Nyenrode Business Universiteit, founded in 1946 under the name of Nederlands Opleidings-Instituut voor het Buitenland (N.O.I.B.), is the only private university in the Netherlands, it organizes, as do other universities, a range of academic events throughout the year.
Opening of the Academic Year
All universities open their academic year with a gathering of professors and guests. Often held on the first or second Monday in September, it is an opportunity to announce the plans for the coming year. At Nyenrode, it is the custom to invite a keynote speaker to give a lecture after which  the rector magnificus officiates the actual opening of the academic year.
Most degree programs conclude with a festive graduation ceremony. At many of the programs, all the graduates of one year receive their degree certificates at the same time, while others have several award ceremonies per year. Students who have completed one of Nyenrode’s intensive open (executive education) programs do not receive a degree certificate but a specific Nyenrode certificate.
PhD Graduations
To complete their doctoral research, PhD students are required to write a doctoral dissertation. It should contain the research results and their conclusions. One or more professors supervise the PhD students’ research and support their work on their dissertations, but to be awarded the title of doctor, each PhD student must defend his or her dissertation before a special committee. Each candidate may appoint two paranymphs – seconds – who provide primarily mental support during the defense ceremony.
Honorary doctorates
An honorary doctorate is a doctorate awarded to persons who have made exceptional contributions to science, although that work is not recorded in a doctoral dissertation. Sometimes, someone is awarded an honorary doctorate for non-academic feats, such as political or social relevant achievements.
Inaugural lectures
When a new professor is appointed, he or she is expected to hold an inaugural lecture . By holding the lecture, the new professor officially accepts his or her chair and describes his/her plans for the near future. 
Emeritus status
When a professor is granted emeritus status, it means that he or she is to retire. “Emeritus” means “to have finished serving” or “at rest”. However, many professors with emeritus status remain attached to “their” universities because they want to supervise a number of PhD students, for instance. This can be done for a period of five years after retirement. Occasionally, a professor who is about to retire will hold a valedictory lecture.
Dies Natalis
The Dies Natalis, or Founder’s Day, is the University’s birthday and is celebrated on November 20. The “Dies”, as it known, is not an official academic ceremony.
For more information about specific academic events, please contact our beadle Els Sonneveld: (+31 346 295 853)


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