The ceremony was led by USIL founding president Raúl Diez Canseco Terry; the president of the university, Dr. Ramiro Salas; and the director of the Center for Global Education, Jorge Bentin. The United States Ambassador to Peru, Brian A. Nichols, was present as a special guest.
Also participating in the ceremony were authorities of the CGE’s partner universities: Dr. Judy Genshaft, president of the University of South Florida; Dr. David Armstrong, president of Broward College; Dr. Charles Reilly, associate dean of academics at the University of Central Florida’s College of Engineering and Computer Science; and Dr. Dennis Reynolds, dean of the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College; among other North American academic authorities.
The opening speech was given by Dr. Ramiro Salas, who thanked the students’ parents for entrusting their children’s education to the USIL Center for Global Education. The CGE is an institution anchored in the academic excellence of today’s world and seeks to maintain the highest educational standards, like universities in the United States.
Ambassador Brian A. Nichols, the United States Ambassador to Peru, also shared a few words with the graduates, pointing out that they are the opportunity the world needs. He also thanked their parents for their effort and good example for their children that have helped them to get where they are now. “I hope most of you can complete your postgraduate studies in the United States, because we need young students with your energy and capacity” the ambassador told the graduates.
USIL founding president Raúl Diez Canseco Terry highlighted the agreement these North American universities have with USIL through the CGE, which makes it possible to offer young people a first-class international education without their leaving Peru.
Drawing upon the election atmosphere in Peru, he asked the young graduates to assume in their own lives the role of presidents that change the country’s future. “My dear young people, seeing you in your graduation sashes made me think that in your own world, in your families and in your responsibilities, you will be doing the work of presidents. The future of Peru is not only in the hands of the person we elect to govern us, but also in each and every one of us,” Raúl Diez Canseco Terry told the new graduates.
Brian A. Nichols
United States Ambassador to Peru
“A few weeks ago, Raul Diez Canseco Terry and Ramiro Salas asked me if I would join you today and I immediately said yes, not because I was drinking a large glass of wine at the time, but because this is a university that represents quality and commitment to social responsibility. Visiting with the students here in the past I’ve been incredibly impressed with their intelligence, their talent and the extremely high quality of education they receive here.”
María Pía Morey
Holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management Conrad N. Hilton College – University of Houston – USIL Center for Global Education
“I feel very happy to have finished my degree. I’m glad to be completing this phase and look forward to whatever comes next. In August, I’m going to begin the Hilton hotel chain’s Elevator program in Argentina. They train future hotel managers through this program.”.
Brenda Fung Guido
Holder of an Associate in Arts degree from Broward College – USIL Center for Global Education International Business major, USF in Tampa
“I think it’s great that the CGE has an American curriculum. Here they give you a broader background so that you not only know about your major, but also about how to stay healthy (Total Wellness course), as well as how to write essays (Composition), which you won’t be taught at any Peruvian university. I transferred to the USF campus in Tampa and now I’m studying International Business”.
Holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering University of Central Florida – USIL Center for Global Education
“I’m very happy. It’s been two years of effort, and now I want to focus on working and saving a couple of years to do a master’s degree. The opportunity the CGE gave me to study at UCF has been great. Thanks to that, I received a very demanding, complete education, in comparison with other Peruvian universities that have an Industrial Engineering program. Currently, I’m working for Forus”.
Alexia Vera García
Holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business Administration Muma College of Business, University of South Florida – USIL Center for Global Education
“The university has given me a global education, teaching me to head projects and deal decisively with any problems that arise. Now I’m working and hoping to gain professional experience before earning a master’s degree in Canada or the United States. Currently, I’m employed by Southern Peaks Mining LP.”.