Graduates of the International Baccalaureate take part in the graduation ceremony of each year's Abiturientenentlassung. Since the academic year in German federal states shifts from year to year, it may be that at the time of "Abientlassung" the IB graduates do not know their results yet. Then they may come together for a ceremony of their own. It is warranted, however, that graduates get their transcripts in time to apply to German universities.