In Russia divisions of Stockholm School of Economics are located in Moscow and St. Petersburg and its parent company is located in Stockholm. Whereas in Sweden more girls traditionally study under MBA program among the Russian graduates of this year there are less than a half of them. Along with this, majority of certificate holders in our country either already own their own business or work as top managers of big companies. It is not surprising that another difference of Russian students is the fact that many of them pay for business education independently whereas corporate programs are more developed in Sweden. 
Against the background of flags of the two countries, Sweden and Russia, and logo of Stockholm School of Economics spread between them, President of the school Lars Strannegard, Dean of the school in Russia Anders Liljenberg, Chair of the Board of Directors of Oriflame Alexander af Jochnick and Vice President of AST group and graduate of EMBA Oil and Gas program Alexei Gribanov spoke to the graduates.
Bjorn Kavalkov-Halvarsson, deputy head of the representative office of the General Consulate of Sweden in St. Petersburg who moved to Russia 18 months ago and congratulated the graduates with their holiday for the second time explained the secret of success of Stockholm School of Economics by the formula of "Swedish education plus Russian talent."
Alexander af Jochnick called on certificate holders to be carriers of traditions of the educational institution and decent representatives of SSE Alumni Society. He summed up results of the 17 years during which the school accepted students in Russia saying, "Stockholm School of Economics Russia was founded in 1997 on investments of Oriflame and Tetra Pak companies. Today, we hand certificates out already to graduates of the fourteenth series of Executive MBA General Management program and fifth series of this program in the Russian language."
Lars Strannegard wished the graduates "to be content with your work, to acquire love, to get married, to remain in marriage, to be able to be friends, be happy and enjoy relations you're your children" in the life after graduation from the business school. Strannegard also especially emphasized the relations that appeared among students in the school were not simply formal connections but the basis for a real strong friendship and for future long-time relations including those in business.
Anders Liljenberg did not speak from the presidium but descended from the stage to the hall. He knew many students well and he dared to address them informally in a friendly way confessing that he received huge pleasure for the eighth year in succession participating in the ceremony of handing out of certificates." He asked the graduates a rhetoric question, "What is Stockholm School of Economics? How does it smell like? Could you feel its atmosphere? Could you touch it? Could you understand what its values are?" First of all, Stockholm School of Economics differs by the fact that it attracts very good people. Its dean is convinced of this. This is applicable both to students and to the teaching staff.
Further Liljenberg dwelled on the topic of success in his speech. According to him, such qualities as diligence and wisdom help people to achieve it. Liljenberg ended his speech saying, "Know how to be patient when it is necessary to wait and witty to use the necessary moments. Never surrender, accept challenges in business and in life, grow and develop" and congratulated the graduates with another victory.
All graduates received certificates from hands of the dean. Along with this, their fellow-students greeted everyone who rose to the stage with loud applause. At that moment probably nobody had any doubts left that words of the President of the school about the value of relations were true and yesterday's students became real friends and like-minded persons.
After all solemn procedures the audience stood up and sang Gaudeamus, student's song in the Latin language, in a concerted way. The words of the song were written on the reverse side of the program but many graduates knew them by heart. Academic caps flew up in the air and this symbolic gesture marked the ending of the educational process.
The unofficial part of the ceremony was continued by another stage traditional for Stockholm School of Economics in the form of joint watching of a film in which dossier of each graduate of the program was presented in an ironic form.

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