Saint Louis University-Madrid celebrated its May commencement on Friday. A record 72 graduates participated, representing 21 different countries and 20 different U.S. states.
|Led by SLU professor Hamish Binns on bagpipe, the graduates march from the SLU-Madrid Campus to the graduation ceremony auditorium. Photo by Fernando Bejar Arauz|
Undergraduate degrees were granted from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing and the John Cook School of Business. Eight students graduated with master's degrees in either English or Spanish.
The ceremony featured two student speakers. Consuelo Revis of Adana, Turkey, addressed the assembly in English, while Anthony Pasero-O'Malley of Milwaukee, spoke to the gathering in Spanish.
Rafael Alonso, head of the Spanish office of the international legal firm, Squire Sanders & Hammonds, was the principal commencement speaker, offering words of advice to the graduates, which concluded with his singing of a line from "You've Got the Whole World in Your Hands."
As graduates processed across the stage, Isabel Gómez-Acebo, president of the Madrid Campus Board of Regents, presented each new graduate with a SLU logo pin.
Following commencement, the graduates and approximately 600 guests gathered on the back patio of SLU-Madrid's Padre Arrupe Hall, where they were enjoyed food, drink and live music.
Prior to the graduation ceremony, the campus community celebrated a baccalaureate Mass. Frank Reale, S.J., Madrid Campus vice president and rector, presided, and Father James O'Leary, S.J., campus chaplain, preached.
The countries represented among the graduates were Australia, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and the United States.