The degree ceremony is a special event: the beadle (the one who supervises academic ceremonies) in full ceremonial attire, the professors in their robes, a room full of family and colleagues. Unfortunately, this is not possible in times of Corona.
The beadle came up with an alternative ceremony, as a present for the young doctors. this way they at least have a nice souvenir of their sober online promotion.
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