Graduation Competition

About the Competition

The Graduation Competition rewards the best Bachelor and Master graduation work in advertising or commercial communications among students from edcom member school. The winners receive a 400 cash prize.

Jury: Papers are evaluated by edcom's Research Committee.

As Covid-19 spread across the world, I capitalised on this as an opportunity to explore Millennials' susceptibility to nostalgia during such unprecedented times. The contextual opportunity fell on my lap and I was really excited to be able to conduct some 'original' research on something that has never been done before! I wanted to get my research out there so I entered the EACA graduation competition. I was so thrilled to hear I got through to the next round, let alone hearing that I won the competition! I am so proud of what I have achieved.” 

-Aisling Hoban, TU Dublin

I didn't know about the edcom Graduation Competition until I was told that my thesis had been picked to take part in the contest, which took me by surprise. This competition is truly an excellent initiative that offers students the opportunity to exhibit their work on a large scale. 

Personally I saw it as a great way to develop my ability to synthesise and reflect on the work I had previously done. It was certainly an extremely rewarding experience.”

-Luísa Perdigão, IADE

Writing my Master thesis is a period of time that I look back on very fondly. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to further explore the research field of Augmented Reality Marketing with my supervisor, Milena, supporting me every step of the way. This field one that I am so incredibly passionate about, and researching it changed my career goals, and refined what I am passionate about. To have my work not only recognized, but also appreciated on a European level is something that I did not expect, and I could not be more thrilled about. This competition is a phenomenal initiative that shines a bright light on and rewards students who put all of their thought, time and energy into their research.

-Rosie Slayter, Breda University of Applied Sciences

As we see more and more brands getting involved in social issues, there was a need to understand how Millennials reacted to such activism. The amalgamation of Millennials’ willingness to voice their opinions and their awareness of social issues has been overlooked in previous studies. This study looked at their opinions towards brand activism to understand what factors catalyse asymmetry in their attitudes, with the aim of assisting brands in mitigating any negative effects. To be awarded by edcom and the EACA for this paper is a great honour, and something I’ll take with me throughout my career. I’d encourage any student to get involved with the competition.

-Jonathan Shaw, Bournemouth University