Santos Gracia: “UNEATLANTICO is no longer a dream, it is now a young but mature institution”

29 Jun 2018
Santos Gracia: “UNEATLANTICO is no longer a dream, it is now a young but mature institution”

The CEO of the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) opened the graduation act of the I class of students graduating in UNEATLANTICO.

“The European University of the Atlantic is no longer a dream and has become a young but mature institution”, such words were pronounced this morning by the CEO of the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER), Santos Gracia, during the graduation act of students from Sport and Exercise Science, belonging to the first class of students graduating at UNEATLANTICO.

As Gracia shared, some years ago, a group of collaborators in FUNIBER had the idea to create a university “that opened innovative paths” and that offered students an “intercultural and international vision”. Today, he added, the project is real and students from UNEATLANTICO enjoy a “supportive and academic quality” environment where it is possible for them to develop their “human and professional” competencies.

The president of the Government of Cantabria, Miguel Ángel Revilla, confessed to feel “nostalgic and feel envy” for the phase that now young graduates are starting, and stated that the European University of the Atlantic is “one of the main assets that has landed in Cantabria in these last years”.

The coordinator of the Degree in Sport and Exercise Science, Manuel Crespo, highlighted the “optimal shape” of the occupation and thanked the University the effort made to give students “the most present means to be at the forefront of development and knowledge in their training process”.

As well, during his intervention, he specially mentioned his peers, the teaching staff that every day transmit “effort, humbleness, eagerness to learn and be passionate about what they do”. “I feel really proud to be the representative of them all today in this stage”, he added.

He encouraged the recently graduated students to pursue their dreams and to keep on studying and to look for having a specialization because, as he said, the committed professional “is naturally curious”. In this sense, he urged them to reflect on the benefits from being members of the Colegio Oficial de Graduados en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte from Cantabria.

The chancellor, Rubén Claderón, was the one in charge of closing the act with a speech with which he referred to the graduates as the main characters of this University’s history. A story that began on September 29, 2014 and that, during these years, has been forging with the “commitment and the responsibility” of the University towards the students and their families.

I am deeply glad that the first class has been able to see every facility that has been completed, it was a moral debt”, stated the chancellor, who did not want to finish the speech without encouraging the alumni association of students not to lose contact with the University.

This is the first graduation act that will take place in the European University of the Atlantic between today and tomorrow. This afternoon, at 18:00pm, the second graduation act for the Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Psychology students, in which the counselor and regional vice-president of Universities and Research, Environment and Social Policy, Eva Díaz Tezanos.

Tomorrow, at 11:00am, students from Business Administration and Management, Audiovisual Communication, Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations and Translation and Interpretation will graduate.

The Coro Lírico from Cantabria has played Canticorum lubilo by G.F. Haendel, Veni Creator Spiritus by C. Franck and Gaudeamus Igitur by J. Casulleras. At the end of the academic act, the students and their families have enjoyed a cocktail in the campus’ sports field.