Bolivia – First online graduation ceremony at Salesian University of Bolivia

13 July 2020

(ANS - Cochabamba) – On July 3, with the virtual participation of 37 new professionals from the city of Cochabamba, their families, friends and the whole Salesian community of the country and of Latin America, the Salesian University of Bolivia (USB) celebrated its first online graduation ceremony, this via the official USB Facebook page.

In total there were more than 200 participants in the virtual event, which reached 3,000 views. Graduates received their academic degrees in a way they had never imagined before, remotely, from their homes and through a screen. Thanks to this circumstance, they have left a mark in the history of the university, which makes it clear that change is a sign of progress and that in these times the only possible way is resilience to adapt positively to this global crisis.

For the occasion, the Director of the Cochabamba office, Dr. Nelson Zegarra, welcomed graduates in Education Sciences, Systems Engineering, Public Accounting, Law and the Biennium Program. Then he recalled the wise words of the Founder of the Salesian work, Don Bosco: "Do good, while you still have time"; and this is the time to offer their good behavior and skills to society, he added.

The Rector of the University, Fr Juan Pablo Zabala Tórrez, SDB, reflected on the current crisis produced by Covid-19. "This time we have achieved our goals in a way never imagined. Today we are all engaged in this dynamic, our country needs competent professionals. Your presence encourages others to continue, you have come to this point through challenges, and with expectations to continue moving forward and also to encourage teachers to continue reinventing themselves and to train good and competent professionals," he observed.

"Five years full of efforts, sacrifices, perseverance, responsibility, commitment and dedication," said Dr. Jackeline Moya Oporto. "During this period we had the accompaniment of several teachers who were not satisfied with just sticking to a program, but instead gave us, in addition to knowledge, their love for the profession, their passion for their field and the availability that you expect only from a friend."

The event was accompanied by the authorities at the national level and there was a special participation in the Professional Oath of the Academic Vice-director and Research, the lawyer Susan Mabel Vargas Salazar; while the Reading of the Rector's Resolution was entrusted to the Academic Secretary, Janneth Antonieta Lazarte; and it all ended with a concert by the young university students of the "Bosco Band".


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