The power of education to change the world

Schiller Class of 2022 Graduation Closing words by Marta Muñiz

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Date

June 10, 2022

Campus

Madrid

Knowledge Area

All Knowledge Areas

Dear students, families, faculty and staff, good afternoon, and thank you all for being here today. As CEO and President of Schiller International University, I would like to conclude today’s proceedings by sharing just a few words with our graduates and new ALUMNI.

I feel deeply honored and extremely happy that we can gather today in person. Something that we cannot take for granted anymore.

I want to offer my warmest congratulations to you and your families.

I am not sure if the pandemic has made us stronger, but it has definitely shaped us in a certain way, and it has made your learning path unique. 

And today, as I stand before you and reflect on the past 4 years, I can’t help but think of how different you all are from those who crossed the Schiller’s gates 4 years ago.

These past two years have taught us that life can change in the blink of an eye, that we are vulnerable, and that we cannot postpone celebrating life, because we have no idea what the future may bring. It has also taught us that we are stronger than we think, that our bonds are what keep us from feeling lonely even when we are alone, and that we can overcome any obstacle if we try hard enough and we have the help of others.

Graduation is not an end, but a commencement. You have had the privilege to study in a university that has given you a global mindset. What you have in your hands is not only a certification of your degree. But an opportunity to use that knowledge to transform lives. I urge you to remain passionate about the power of education to change the world and shape society for the better.

As I was listening to the speeches of our keynote speaker, Santiago Velo, and our graduate, Elia Brusco, I couldn’t feel prouder of being part of Schiller International University, of our students, our faculty and our staff . Their words showed that not only we succeeded at transferring exceptional knowledge and skills, but that we also helped to shape a particular kind of person. One that can see the world in all its diversity, and profoundly cares about others.

As my predecessors here today mentioned, I want to welcome you to the Schiller alumni community. We have been busy working on this project, and you will witness the creation of a stronger community. One I hope you will be an active part of.

Being a member of this community, you will have access to mentors who will provide professional networks, career counseling, general life advice, and most importantly, an extra voice telling you that you are smart enough and capable enough to transition from graduation to your first job – and more importantly your first paycheck. And I hope that you will someday become a mentor to our future graduates.

I would like to finish by quoting great late American poet, Maya Angelou, who wrote: “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”

Go, Schillerians, and make your alma mater proud.

Thank you.