On March 26th, 1990, the first-ever class was given at EARTH University, marking the beginning of our mission of preparing leaders with ethical values to contribute to sustainable development and to construct a prosperous and just society. Yesterday, exactly 25 years later, over 800 people from EARTH and surrounding communities celebrated our institutional birthday with an entire day’s worth of events on campus.
The activities began at 10 am with a parade, where University students, staff and faculty recreated scenes from the most important events of EARTH’s history, including the Central American civil wars, the protests against the University’s creation, America, the founders of the institution, our first class of graduates, the acquisition of EARTH-La Flor and more. In addition, there were cultural presentations from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, “bombas” (traditional Costa Rican jokes), a live performance from noted Cota Rican composer and the creator of EARTH’s school song Carlos Guzman, and an emotional speech from President José Zaglul.
The party wrapped up with institutional awards in recognition of employees with 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years at EARTH, a six-foot long birthday cake made by our talented cafeteria staff and a Carnival-style drum performance that got everybody on their feet.