WVPU Graduation Ceremony 2017

Ready... Set... Commence!

Congratulations on the completion of your degree at Webster Vienna Private University!

Because this is one of the major milestones in your life and a time for celebration, we have planned a grand Commencement Ceremony. Graduation is a very dignified, formal affair.

Your long years of study merit recognition; the Commencement Ceremony will befit such an occasion.

The Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 in the beautiful Mozartsaal (Mozart Room) of the Konzerthaus.  


Ceremony Location

The commencement ceremony will take place in the beautiful "Mozartsaal" (Mozart Room) of the Konzerthaus. The Konzerthaus is one of the premiere concert halls of Vienna, first opened in 1913, and home to the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Wiener Singakademie and the Klangforum Wien. Built by the renowned theatre architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer in co-operation with Ludwig Baumann, the Konzerthaus presents a rare combination of Historism, Secessionism and Art Nouveau styles.


The deadline for registration has passed.

Graduation Fee

Please note that you should have already paid your mandatory Graduation Fee of 100 € during the last term of your attendance. This administrative cost is applied to all students during their final term, independent of their attendance to the ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony Fees

All graduating students must complete a petition to graduate in order to receive their diplomas. If you have not yet done so, see your advisor ASAP.

Ceremony Package: 75 €
This package is mandatory for all graduating students attending the ceremony.

It includes:

  • One brand new graduation regalia (cap and gown) in Webster colors and personalized for your degree (yours to keep!).
  • 2 guest tickets (graduating students do not need a ticket)

Additional Tickets: 22 € per ticket.

Students may order up to 3 guest tickets in addition to those included in the ceremony package.
Additional ticket requests beyond this are subject to availability. You can request more tickets on the registration link above, and you will be informed on April 28th if you have been granted your extra ticket requests.

Payment Information & Procedure

You will receive an email on April 28th stating the amount you owe for your order not including the photos, which can be paid by bank transfer or credit card. No cash will be accepted. The payment for your Ceremony Package and additional tickets must be made between April 28th and May 3rd.  Please note that gowns and tickets will not be distributed to students whose payment has not been received by Webster Vienna Private University. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the payment has been received; no reminder will be sent.

Ticket & Regalia Collection

Tickets, caps and gowns can be picked up in the Atrium on Thursday, May 4th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
If you are not able to pick-up, then you may have a friend pick it up with your written permission. Tickets and gowns will not be available for pick-up at any other day or time.


Two complementary guest tickets are included in your Ceremony Package, and you may purchase up to three additional tickets for 22 € each. Graduating students do not need a ticket. If you would like to bring more than 5 guests, you may request more tickets during your registration (above); subject to availability. Your requests can only be confirmed via email on April 28th.
Special guests: If one of your guests is a dignitary, sponsor of Webster, Ambassador, or in a wheelchair and you believe needs special attention, please contact
Children: Please note that the ceremony can be lengthy for children. If one of your guests wants to bring children, please make sure that small children are not left unattended during the ceremony. Also, children that require their own seat need a ticket for graduation. NB: Strollers and umbrellas must be left with the coat check.


A professional photographer, Petra Schmidt, will also be on-site to capture this milestone, and a number of photo packages are available for purchase. Please register for your individual and group portraits here: and pay the photographer directly via bank transfer. More details are available to you once you start your order on the online form.

Package Type and Price:

Special package digital:

  • 1 group photo
  • 1 handshake photo
  • 1 individual portrait

 Digital copy of each (3 total) € 65

Special package digital plus print-outs 1 group photo

  • 1 handshake photo
  • 1 individual portrait

Printed and digital copy of each (3 total) € 95

Group Photo  1 group photo Printed and digital copy € 45

Please note you will receive your order two weeks after the Graduation Ceremony, only once your payment is completed.  

Please ask your guests to keep the aisles free during the ceremony. Our professional photographer cannot photograph students as they are congratulated if guests are blocking the view. Further, if guests are standing in front of the stage, it is impossible for seated guests to see the proceedings.

Order of Events on May 6th

It's a full day! Students must arrive at the Konzerthaus at 8:00 AM, and the doors will be open for guests at 12:00 PM. The ceremony will begin at 12:30 PM.

  8:00 AM: Graduating students must arrive at the Konzerthaus to get dressed in the gowns and for group photos
10:30 AM: The rehearsal will start (Light refreshments and snacks will be available throughout the morning)
12:00 PM: Doors open for guests
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Commencement Ceremony begins
  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Reception in the Berio Saal of the Konzerthaus

Graduation Reception

Following the commencement ceremony there will be a catered reception in the Berio-Saal of the Konzerthaus from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM .
Light refreshments will be available, including wine and Sekt from the Austrian winery, Karasek.

Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce Mr. Harald Trautsch as the keynote speaker at our Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony. He is a serial entrepreneur, innovator, marketer, and a passionate electronics engineer with degrees from Stanford University, PEF University of Management, University of Minnesota, and Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Mr. Trautsch is a co-founder and current CEO of Dolphin Technologies and Blue Monkeys (Software Development). Dolphin Technologies is an Austrian company, founded in 2001 and is repeatedly honored nationally and internationally for excellence in innovation in road safety. Harald Trautsch’s genius business idea and current company allows insurance companies to support people in real time in case of emergency by providing solutions including but not limited to “automatic crash notification” (eCall) that contacts insurances companies when you get into a severe car accident and cannot make the call yourself. Basically offering smart solutions to save lives.

In 2016, his company received Austrian State Coat of Arms for outstanding achievements for the national economy and its market leading position. Harald Trautsch also gives lectures and collaborates in projects such as "Insurance Telematics" with WU Vienna Business School, ETH Zurich, and the University of California, Berkeley.


Graduation is a dignified and auspicious occasion for many participants, so please dress accordingly. A dark or grey suit is suitable for men, and a dress, skirt and blouse, or dress pants are suitable for women. As it will be a long day, we advise all graduating students to wear comfortable, formal footwear, or to bring a second pair of shoes for the pre-ceremony proceedings.

Dates to Remember

April 21st: Registration deadline
April 28th: Payment period begins
May 3rd: Payment deadline
May 4th: Gown and ticket pick-up, 10 AM - 4 PM in the Atrium
May 5th: Alumni Cocktail, 7 PM at Lounge
May 6th: Commencement ceremony, Konzerthaus (Graduating students must arrive at 8 AM!)

Alumni Cocktail

Webster Vienna Private University and the Alumni team of the Student Resource Center cordially invite you to the Alumni Cocktail 2017, on May 5th, at 7:00 PM.
All graduate and undergraduate students which are part of the 2017 graduating class, as well as the entire alumni community are welcome to participate! It is also a great occasion to welcome the class of 2017 graduates into the WVPU Alumni Association. 

Due to space constraints, special guests are limited to the partner/spouse of alumni, and the partner/spouse and immediate family of graduating students. Join us and meet "old" university friends, reminisce with past professors or just enjoy the beautiful view at located at Franz-Josefs-Kai 47! Registration is required. Please RSVP here.

Student Government Association Graduation Celebration

The SGA invites you to celebrate the momentous occasion of graduating, together! The event will be held at the newly renovated Badeschiff, located just off Schwedenplatz. Price per ticket is 10 euros (open for all students) and includes one free drink and can be purchased with SGA


If you have any questions about graduation, please direct them to Engy Kassem.