It has become a tradition that Sergey Smirnov has being invited as a member of state examination comission of the Moscow University of Design named after Sergei Stroganov.
In 2009 Sergey Smirnov once again evaluated the graduate works.
"This year degree works have been quite weak, with few exceptions. For the first time in a new history of Stroganov's University, graduates had the unsatisfactory mark. It is peculiar record. But nevertheless there were worthy projects. The authors of these projects were mostly girls, although this also applies to the entire flow, and has already become a tradition for the department of industrial design." – said Sergey.