It is an old tradition in Goettingen: graduates climb onto a fountain to kiss Gaenseliesel and give her flowers while cheering audience throws water bombs on them. Some Doctores grab bombs that have not bursted and throw them back. Chemists often pour liquid nitrogen into the fountain; agronomicsts sometimes bring a field sprayer with them. After the graduates change into dry clothes, they head back to the institute where a graduation party will take place.
Anna actually graduated in Vienna but here you see her wearing a Goettingen Doktorhut and holding a small Gaenseliesel.
Nayuf (Dr. Valdez) formally graduated in Hamburg but she worked in our lab since August 2007 till the defense of her thesis. The ceremony was held in March in Hamburg, where the graduates have to kiss an ugly statue of Adam. The supervisor has to pull a cart with the graduate who he/she supervised up to the statue. On the way back the fresh PhD and the supervisor switch roles to remind the student that life afer graduation is not going to be easy.
Philip's (Dr. Kössler's) hat was so marvellous that we had to show it in the inlet.
The guy on the right picture is Richard (Dr. Splivallo) who graduated in Turin before coming to Goettingen. He just wanted to make the Gaenseliesel experience. Have you noticed his small hat? A journalist watching the scene asked Richard why his hat was so small and Richard answered - I hope it went into a published news - that his hat was small because he was Hernan's assistant.