Led by Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid Graduate School (RMGS), several higher education leaders including Miguel Cardenal, president of the Higher Sports Council; Águeda Benito, rector of Universidad Europea; Miguel Carmelo, president of Universidad Europea and CEO of Laureate International Universities Europe; Emilio Butragueño, director of the Real Madrid Graduate School; and Pedro López, president of the Council of Rectors and vice-president of RMGS, gathered to celebrate Real Madrid’s ninth graduation ceremony at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
In his welcoming remarks, Florentino Pérez called on more than 300 graduates to actively take on their next life challenges with confidence in the skills they have acquired through their programs. “You are all proof of how hard work and talent can help you achieve your goals. I know that you know that this is just one more step in reaching your potential and confronting your future.” He took the opportunity to highlight the values of Real Madrid and how these values are reflected in each of the graduates "sacrifice, valor, winning spirit, and strength.” He encouraged the newly minted graduates to continue to push forward, not conform, and always strive for perfection.
Miguel Cardenal shared four lessons that have guided him in his career; owning decisions, learning from mistakes, being ethical, and focusing on the well-being of others. He also told the graduates to keep their winning spirit which will propel them through their professional careers. Águeda Benito remarked on the importance of the Real Madrid Graduate School in developing this new generation of leaders and the roles the graduates will play in sports, an increasingly important sector. “Only through professionalizing sports can we make it into a primary economic driver,” she said. She believes that sports plays a pivotal role in overcoming communication barriers and can be used as a tool and resource to confront intolerance.
Emilio Butragueño, director of the RMGS, thanked the professors from Universidad Europea and Real Madrid for making the school into a reference in the sector. To the new graduates, Butragueño highlighted the opportunities that await them in the world and called on them to make the fullest use of what they learned through their programs.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.