Maria Eugenia Gay: “Law is the art of good and fair things”

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This year’s patron was formerly the dean of the Illustrious Barcelona Bar Association

Maria Eugenia Gay: “Law is the art of good and fair things”

On 5 July, the Aula Magna hosted the graduation ceremony for Bachelor’s Degree in Law and University Master's Degree in the Legal Profession (MU) graduates of the 2017-2018 academic year at UIC Barcelona. 

The Faculty dean, Pilar Fernández, was charged with officially opening the event.  After the welcome speech, the vice-dean for teaching staff, Dr Montse Gas, presented this year’s patron, and former dean of the Illustrious Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB) Maria Eugenia Gay, who gave the masterclass at this year’s graduation ceremony.  

“Law is the art of good and fair things, and the history of humanity is linked to developing and perfecting law to achieve the ideal of Justice, said this year’s patron to the recent graduates”. 

After the diplomas were awarded, substitute class representative and fourth year law student María Cañas, said the following to all the parents, lecturers and professors in the room: “You have made our successes your own and you have taught us that our failures are part of the path towards improvement”.  Subsequently, class representative Elena Almendáriz said a few words aimed at her classmates “each of you have added value to this generation through your talent, authenticity and virtues”.  She also added a few words of gratitude to the university and stated that “the humanity, rigour, critical viewpoint, solidarity and personal excellence that is taught in the Bachelor’s Degree in Law can be found on very few degree programmes”. 

Finally, the dean gave the closing speech by calling for an “understanding of good and bad” among students who, she assured her audience, would become “role models, a centre of gravity that will remain firm and solid” in a career that “demands constant adaptation due to constant innovation”.  She also encouraged graduates to act as “architects of society, defenders of ideals and protectors of the freedom of citizens”.  The event concluded with the traditional singing of "Gaudeamus Igitur”".