As well as getting the chance to meet face to face with fellow students and faculty members, this year’s attendees took part in a tutor-led networking and professional development workshop and enjoyed a tour of Prague’s historical landmarks, including Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and the now world-famous John Lennon wall.
The weekend culminated with the graduation event itself, which included musical performances by the renowned Czech violin virtuoso Bibi Pelic.
This year we were also thrilled to welcome our guest commencement speaker, award-winning actress Heather Matarazzo, who opened the graduation ceremony by giving an inspirational speech to the students in attendance. Heather also invited our students and faculty members to a private screening of her 1996 movie, Welcome to the Dollhouse, after which she was interviewed by the celebrity news website Fancarpet. You can read the full interview with Heather here.
As well as being a fantastic opportunity for our students to share their successes with one another, the weekend also helped us discover more about each student’s personal learning experience. With students attending from countries as far afield as Italy, Saudi Arabia, India, the UK, and Belarus, we had no shortage of feedback regarding the ways in which online learning can change the lives of people from diverse geographical, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.