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Google representative is keynote speaker at Jacobs University's graduation ceremony

Annette Kroeber-Riel, Google's Senior Director Public Policy & Government Relations is the keynote speaker at this year's graduation ceremony at Jacobs University.

June 4, 2018

On June 8, more than 300 graduates will receive their diplomas during a moving ceremony on the campus of Jacobs University Bremen. This year's keynote speaker is Annette Kroeber-Riel, Senior Director Public Policy & Government Relations at Google. She will talk about the impacts of digitization on education and the working world.

Annette Kroeber-Riel has been working for Google since 2007. As Senior Director Public Policy & Government Relations she is responsible for Google's political representation of interests and strategy in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Middle and Eastern Europe, and as Deputy Head Public Policy & Government Relations for the whole EMEA region.

After studying law in Frankfurt am Main and Paris, and working as a trainee in Frankfurt and Kuala Lumpur, Annette Kroeber-Riel initially worked as a lawyer with a focus on telecommunications and media law in a US law firm in Frankfurt. She then moved to VeriSign in Berlin where she worked for both VeriSign and its former subsidiary Jamba! leading their governmental relations throughout Europe.

Jacobs University's graduation ceremony wouldn’t be complete without the traditional hat toss at the end.

The graduation ceremony represents a festive conclusion of the academic year, which wouldn’t be complete without the traditional hat toss at the end. But before the graduates can send their caps flying, their professors, fellow students, employees and alumni of Jacobs University will bid them farewell during a festive ceremony.

The event will kick off with a welcome speech by Jacobs University's President Professor Michael Hülsmann. Short videos give insights into different fields of activity at Jacobs University. In addition to the speakers, the graduates and students will also be contributing to the festivities, for instance with a musical performance.

A livestream of the graduation ceremony is available at

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