More than 24,000 people, including students, families and friends, came together at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium to celebrate the graduation of students from the university’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is the first time that a graduation ceremony of this scale has been celebrated in Spain.
The event was directed by Professor Luis Moser and by the director of ‘La Sexta Noche’, Sandra Fernández, and included the participation of Miguel Carmelo, president of Universidad Europea and chief executive officer of Laureate International Universities Europe, Águeda Benito, rector of Universidad Europea and Vicente Vallés director of Antena 3 News 1.
All the gathered leaders shared messages to motivate the recent graduates in the next stage of their lives. The university’s president started his prepared words by reminding the gathering that social progress in the 21st century will be driven by education and that success comes from the hard work and dedication of society’s developed leaders. He encouraged them to be entrepreneurs, saying, "employment, those very much needed jobs that are disappearing in this current environment, are only going to be created by people with innovative ideas and the willingness to bring those ideas to reality."
Benito asked the new alumni to continue to focus on personal development, because this focus will be important throughout the rest of their lives.
And finally, Vallés confirmed that the students will have an easier time finding jobs because of their hard work and the excellent preparation they received from Universidad Europea.
Several selected students and professors shared their own points of view on the programs, the university and their shared future. Following the delivery of degrees, the chorus sang the Gaudeamus Igitur and Benito officially ended the ceremony.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.