Acknowledgments thesis graduation: little at the end!
Let’s start from the beginning: first of all, congratulations.
If you have reached this point, you are probably on the home straight.
But thanks are obligatory? Should they be written at the beginning or at the end? What style should you use?
THANKS DEGREE THESIS: HOW, WHERE, WHY
Now, an important second point: thanks in a degree thesis are not mandatory. Choosing whether to write them or not is up to you only.
Thanks are certainly welcome and sweet remembrance for your most faithful followers. Always remember though that it is a test of exam and therefore you cannot lose the seriousness that characterizes your work, also in thanks and eventual dedications. Instead, print copies with personalized thanks depending on who is the recipient of the single copy.
WHAT ARE THANKS TO THE GRADUATE THESIS?
Thanks are a show of affection for those who have been close to you and helped you along this path.
They are linked to particular episodes, moments, gestures and situations. To write them you don’t have to invent anything, just mention all those who contributed to the elaboration of the paper, explaining what kind of role they had.
If you and your friends are easily excited and sensitive people prepare large stocks of paper handkerchiefs.
You can start with a very brief introduction addressed to the people who helped you in writing the thesis: speaker, eventual co-supervisor, internship tutor …
For each person, always indicate the role he had, thus specifying the function performed during the completion of the degree thesis.
Umberto Eco in his essay “How to do a thesis” is clear in proposing the idea that “It is in bad taste to thank the speaker. If he helped you, he only did his duty “(Eco 1977: 198). True also that without his contribution, even if in some cases really minimal, you wouldn’t have the chance to graduate. The choice is yours.
Then thank the people who helped you by giving you their support and patiently during this challenging phase of life. If these people are not part of the university environment and belong only to your private life, you can also omit the surname and mention only the name.
You can put them in the queue, after the bibliography of the thesis or in incipit, before the index, after the title page. You can choose. We like them in the queue: first I present the job, then I thank you, maybe even informally. There is no common rigid rule. If you choose to put them at the beginning and you have selected duplex printing, follow the first page (which contains a copy of the title page) and possibly the page with a dedication, if necessary, a blank page (especially if you choose the duplex option) . The pages of thanks, like those on the title page, should not be numbered.
OTHER DILEMMA: AND DEDICATION?
If you want you can also dedicate the thesis to a special person for you. In this case we advise you to insert the dedication on the next page on the title page, before giving thanks and leaving the back white if you choose front / back printing. But remember: do not number the page dedicated to the dedication.
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