USIL pride! Accompanied by their loved ones and filled with enthusiasm, 46 USIL students from the Dual Degree program with San Ignacio University (Miami, Florida, USA) celebrated their graduation, during which they received American associate and bachelor’s degrees. The ceremony was held on June 6 on the Fernando Belaunde Terry campus in Lima’s La Molina district.
The graduates, whose majors included Business, Hospitality Management, International Business and Marketing, were preceded by Raúl Diez Canseco Terry, USIL founder and president of the board of directors; Dr. Ramiro Salas, president of the university; María Esther Linares, “godmother” of the class; Claudia Rodríguez, executive director of the USIL Dual Degree program; and Ambassador Luis Lauredo, president of San Ignacio University, along with other university administrators, who took their places on the stage.
"We are the first institution in Peru to have this type of program. Being at this San Ignacio University graduation reminds me of how we began our involvement in teaching nearly 50 years ago. Young people of today know there are no longer any borders in the world. It doesn’t matter where you were born or where you go. You will be judged on what you know and what you don’t," Raúl Diez Canseco Terry remarked.
Dr. Ramiro Salas expressed his pride in the graduates. "This is a very special occasion because it has great meaning to the San Ignacio de Loyola Corporation, as this is the second class to graduate with sights set on obtaining a dual degree. I would like to thank the parents who had the foresight to trust in us. I would also like to offer my warmest congratulations to my dear San Ignacio de Loyola students who are also San Ignacio University students.”
A high point of the ceremony was when the following students were honored as the valedictorians of their academic programs: Yajayra Barzola Velásquez (Business), Alexandra Jara Araoz (Marketing), María Fe Gil Hurtado (International Business) and Daniela Cabrera Egusquiza (Hospitality Management).
Following the ceremony, those in attendance joined in a toast to the success of the new graduates, who will uphold the good name of this university and San Ignacio University.
The USIL Dual Degree program offers students the possibility of pursuing an undergraduate degree from USIL and, at the same time, a degree in one of San Ignacio University’s majors, while attending classes at USIL.
"Right now, I feel very excited and happy. I’m doing an internship at the university in the Marketing area. I’d like to specialize in marketing.”
"Being at this graduation ceremony today is awesome, after everything I’ve gone through…so many papers and exams. I feel very good about being able to graduate and achieve one of my goals. I plan to specialize in marketing."
"I’m very happy and excited, and I’m looking forward to graduating with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Development."
"I’m happy because I’ve completed this first phase. I’d like to take a certificate course in marketing and find a good organization where I can apply my knowledge.”