I hope you had a joyous holiday season and wish you the very best in the New Year.
On December 13, we held our 21st Commencement Ceremony. As always it was a moving experience to see the excitement and pride shared by our students and their loved ones as they culminated their four-year journey of hard work and transformation. While our students will undoubtedly face many challenges as they return to their countries, we know that they are firmly rooted on the path to being leaders of change.
During graduation week, we also welcomed to campus several members of our first graduating class for their 20th class reunion, as well as classes ’98, ’03 and ’08. At EARTH, the members of the Class of ’93 are appropriately referred to as pioneers. In 1990, they came to an Institution under construction and with a bold educational model that was yet untested. We learned with them, overcame hardships together, and we fearlessly set a course for what EARTH has become today.
Now as we enter our 24th year, we do so knowing that our University is approaching another turning point. From our increased ability to recruit deserving young men and women from more countries around the globe, to the addition of Master’s programs, to the development of our La Flor campus, EARTH is changing. We have embarked on a curriculum revision to improve our model, we are digging deeper to better quantify the impact of our alumni, and we are hiring a bright new generation of faculty to lead EARTH into the future.
Comparisons can certainly be drawn between EARTH in 1989 (the year before our first class of students) and EARTH today (the year before our 25th Anniversary). With that in mind, I invoke the pioneering spirit that so powerfully steered us at our inception to guide us now into the new frontier. Thank you for your pioneering support and friendship and for being an integral part of this new chapter in EARTH’s future.