November 26-29, 2015

The ceremony registration closes on 1 November, and no late registration will be accepted
Special note to graduands 2015

Students must confirm their graduation plans, and fulfillment of the graduation requirements before 30 September with the home Programme Managers. The deadline to fulfill and confirm specific elements, such as internship, home degree and language exam results is 10 November. However we advise students planning to attend the 2015 Ceremony to finalize all requirements by October 31. Graduands are encouraged to allow at least one month for visa requirement procedures, depending on your country of origin. CEMS can NOT guarantee that late graduands will be able to partake in the Ceremony, nor be responsible for any costs incurred beyond the registration fees. Non-confirmed graduates who have paid their full registration fee, but can not graduate will receive a full refund up to November 1. Beyond this date no registrations will be refunded.

If you still have any questions regarding your personal academic situation contact your Programme Manager. Some information can be found here.

Briefing, Ceremony and Cocktail will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre II (New Stage)

Dinner & Party will be organized at Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya Hotel

For more information see Venues

The full day’s programme with timing can be viewed here

All Graduands who attend the Graduation Ceremony MUST come to the briefing beforehand. This is to ensure that the ceremony will go smoothly with more than 800 graduands present.

Entrance for the Graduands will be via the main entrance to Mariinsky II. There will be signs and helpers indicating the entrance.

Upon arrival, you MUST register. If this is your first event of the Annual Events, you will receive your Dinner and/or Party bracelets, which are personal and not to be lost (entrance will not be authorised without bracelets).


Graduands are allowed 2 guests. Guests can register on Saturday from 2pm onwards at the Guests registration desk, on the ground floor of the Mariinsky II. Entrance via main door from 34 Dekabristov Street . Pre-arranged seating will be planned and tickets and bracelets will be given to guests at this time. If you have a guest with special needs please let the organizer’s team know via

The doors to the Graduation Hall will open at 2:30 pm (MST,UTC +3) sharp, 30 minutes before the Graduation Ceremony starts.

Guests are requested to:

  • Ensure that all mobile phones are switched off during the ceremony
  • Remain in their seats during the ceremony to ensure a clear path for the graduands going on stage
  • Photographs may be taken, but only from seats while the ceremony is in progress (without flash)

More info about the programme

The ceremony will be broadcasted LIVE so your friends and family, who cannot attend the ceremony, can enjoy watching it! Pay attention the ceremony starts at 3:00 pm (MST,UTC +3)

To watch the ceremony online click here

For additional questions please see the FAQ, otherwise contact


The ceremony will be broadcasted LIVE so your friends and family who cannot attend the ceremony, can enjoy watching it! Pay attention the ceremony starts at 3:00 pm!

CEMS Annual Events 2015 key-note speaker is a famous American businessman, John Pepper.

Born August 2, 1938 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School (then Portsmouth Priory) in Rhode Island, then graduated from Yale University in 1960, where he served on the board of the Yale Daily News.

From 1963 to 2003, he served in various positions at Procter & Gamble, including the CEO and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors until December 2003. John Pepper also served as Vice President of finance and administration at Yale University from January 2004 to December 2005. He has been a director of The Walt Disney Company since 2006 and of Boloco since 2007, a Boston-based restaurant chain that his son John co-founded in 1997.

He served as a fellow of the Yale Corporation from 1995 to 2003, including two years as senior fellow, and also served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Yale School of Management. He now serves on the Board of Trustees of Xavier University and the boards of Boston Scientific and Motorola. Mr. Pepper was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2008.

John Pepper, one of the legendary world business leaders at the turn of the XXI century, has written about the story of Procter & Gamble in Russia in 90’s and included in his book an appendix in which he tells the story of GSOM SPBU. As the first Chairman of the GSOM Advisory Board Mr. Pepper was also the driving figure behind a large fund-raising campaign to support the renovation of the current Master Programmes building and the development of GSOM in general.

Briefing sessions PM / Students 10:30 (Opening of the check-in)
11:30 - 13:00 Briefing (MST,UTC +3)
Photo session 13:00 - 14:30 (MST,UTC +3)
Guests check-in 14:00 - 14:50 (MST,UTC +3)
14:30 (Opening of the Graduation hall)
Graduation ceremony 15:00 - 17:30 (MST,UTC +3)
Graduation cocktail at Mariinsky II 17:30 - 18:30 (MST,UTC +3)
Buses to the Graduation Dinner and Party 18:00 - 19:15(MST,UTC +3)
Welcome for participants to the Graduation Dinner 18:30 - 19:30 (MST,UTC +3)
Graduation Dinner 20:00 - 22:00 (MST,UTC +3)
Graduation Party 22:00 - 02:00 (MST,UTC +3)

The dress code for the Graduation Events is smart formal. Be advised that you need to come to the briefing in your graduation outfit as there is no time to change between the briefing and the ceremony, nor between the ceremony and the dinner. During the Graduation Ceremony in Saint Petersburg, you will NOT be wearing a gown, but will be given a graduation stole which will be your gift from the hosting school.

The diplomas will be distributed school by school, you will be called on stage by your Programme Manager and you will receive your diploma from one of the 29 High Academic Officials representing the schools of the CEMS Global Alliance. You will have a rehearsal of the ceremony: how to line up and proceed to the ceremony hall, where your seat is, how to go on stage, how to take the diploma etc.

Please note that you MUST be present for the Class Photo which will take place after the briefing. You will be informed at the briefing when you will have to go to the “Photo Corner” to have your school photo taken. There will be a volunteer with each school who will know the times for the photo session. We rely on your cooperation here.

Drinks and snacks will be available for you at the briefing. Also there will be a cafe open for additional snacks. However, you are encouraged to eat something before you arrive, as it will be a long afternoon. It will not be possible to leave the premises during the briefing, rehearsal, photo and ceremony activities.


Dear Graduand,
The Global Values Initiative is a student-driven project to integrate and institutionalise responsible leadership and global citizenship within the CEMS Community. We hope you will join us in making the commitment to be mindful of the core values of CEMS and act in consideration of others and the human side of business by adhering to the GVS in St. Petersburg!

“As a lifelong member of the CEMS community, I hereby commit to uphold and be guided by the following principles:

  • The pursuit of excellence with the highest standards of integrity, humility, and ethical conduct.
  • Professional responsibility and accountability in relation to society and the environment
  • Drawing upon the value of cultural diversity with respect and empathy

My decisions and actions, both now and in the future, will reflect this Commitment to Global Citizenship that I make here today.” This year, the signing of the GVS will not be on stage, as this is a very personal decision. However you will have the opportunity to follow the reading of the statement by two of your peers. So be mindful of the act and the future responsibility the agreement to this statement holds for you.

Those who are graduating in absentia will also have the opportunity to sign. More information on GVS and the statement in its entirety can be found here.

See you in St Pete!
Your Student Board