For those who were not able to join in-person or watch online, below is an excerpt from the message delivered by EARTH President José Zaglul to the graduating class during the 2011 graduation ceremony on December 9.
Graduates, wherever you go don’t conform to the status quo. Fight for your ideals. Seek to be extraordinary citizens. Promote peace, solidarity and understanding. You are trained and have the scientific and technical knowledge, but remember that this is not enough, that you also have to act with love, awareness, justice and to benefit those who have the least.
Don’t make the mistake of measuring your success solely by the accumulation of wealth or material possessions. Your triumphs should be measured by the contributions that you make to society and the role that you play in building a better world.
Graduates, before concluding, I want to refer to a fundamental aspect of EARTH. As you know, the University depends on external resources to cover our costs and offer educational opportunities to young people without the economic resources for higher education. All of you, even those who paid tuition, have received support from one or many donors who believed in you and who, in spite of the difficult global economic situation of recent years, invested in your education and enabled us to maintain our scholarship and financing goals.
We want to thank those who believed in these young men and women, in us and in our mission. I am sure that these young graduates will demonstrate that this partnership is worth it and that your investment will produce fruit in abundance for the world. Many thanks.
Graduates, we have all dedicated the best of ourselves to you. We trust in your potential and commitment.
Enjoy your day and may life take you on the path of good to bring pride and glory to you, your family, your community, your country and for the benefit of humanity.
Excerpt from EARTH commencement address
December 9, 2011