Fifth graduation of Bachelor’s Degree and Third of Humanities Degree at the Padre Félix Varela Institute of Ecclesiastical Studies
“The first thing Laurea did was open my horizons, give me a new look,” said Romy López, graduate of a Bachelor (Laurea) in Humanities this December 12, when asked about the usefulness of these studies. “The most gratifying thing is the trip we have made together, students and teachers,… and also the knowledge, the heritage that we have acquired” – was Erick Bermejo’s testimony about the experience at the Institute.
“Today many people look to the Church for answers to the current situation in our country. It can be said now, looking at these graduates: this is a response from the Church, good women and men, trained in the humanities at the service of society ”–said Fr. Yosvany Carvajal, President of the Institute in his opening remarks of the Solemn Graduation Act and Start of the 2020-2021 Course. He also highlighted the richness of the diversity of motivations and social projections of the students who live together in fraternity and accept the challenge of a difficult educational path, which makes them bearers of a source of deep respect for human dignity and longing for Social Friendship. , in addition to knowledge and attitudes that can do a lot of good in our society.
Father Yosvany announced the putting into effect of a new regulation that implements an educational model that implies a student-teacher relationship with greater degrees of protagonism and responsibility of the former, since the student must conform their own curricular maya according to very flexible rules , but that require greater self-discipline. The regulation also establishes the academic year to coincide with the calendar year. The final words of the Father cited the recent Christmas Message of the Cuban Bishops which invites us to contemplate the First Christmas and find there the strength and inspiration to overcome the current situation in our country, through listening to the various proposals outputs of love for the country.
The student Lilian Ureña spoke on behalf of the high school graduates and thanked those who “put the Laurea on the road”, which has meant great difficulties, but also growth and essential learning for a lifetime, which will help them bring “words truly ”and contribute to the construction of a more integral, peaceful, cultured, educated and inclusive society, so that its rich culture flourishes. (Cf. Proverbs 22:21). The words of gratitude from the graduates were said by Romy López in which she highlighted the importance of the new path that begins after finishing her studies, especially in the sense of sharing and applying what has been learned with virtue (Cf. Sab 7.13)
The Lectio Inauguralis on this occasion was in charge of the Professor, Lic. Yosniel García Marrero with the title “Keys for the re-founding of the Cuban economy” based on the proposals on the centrality of the person and its full realization as the key to achieving the true progress. The cultural moment was animated by the Caribe Nostrum String Quartet, led by the violinist Jenny Peña, who performed a Cuban program.
The Institute will begin its Baccalaureate and Bachelor’s courses on February 15, for which the enrollment is already closed and the preparatory course for new entrants has been completed. At this time, a Cycle of Open Conferences on humanities topics is offered on Saturday mornings every three weeks, the next one will be on Saturday, December 19.