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Dr Miguel Pavão, chairman of the Portuguese Order of Physicians, acts as patron at the Faculty of Dentistry’s graduation ceremonies
As event patron, Dr Pavão reminded the recent graduates that assuming their mistakes and failures with humility and moral consciousness will help them grow and develop as both health professionals and agents of change in society
On 21 July, the gardens on the Sant Cugat Campus played host to the graduation ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students and clinical residents from the Faculty of Dentistry, as well as the investiture of new doctors. The new graduates were accompanied on this special occasion by members of the teaching staff, family members and friends.
Dr Lluís Giner, dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, was the person responsible for welcoming the attendees and offering a few words to the graduating class. After congratulating them, the dean of the Faculty turned the floor over to the patron of the class of 2022, Dr Miguel Pavão, chairman of the Portuguese Order of Physicians.
An alumnus of UIC Barcelona, Dr Pavão spoke about his time at the Faculty, placing emphasis on the lessons learned and his personal growth. “The university is a driving force for knowledge that teaches you not only how to produce innovation, but also how to grow”, explained the patron.
In his speech, he also reminded the newly graduated students of the importance of embracing the uncertainty of the future as motivation to forge ahead and outperform themselves day after day, as an opportunity to reflect and do things differently. Lastly, he advised them “to never stop getting excited by everything you do and maintain your humility as professional practitioners, making sure to refresh your knowledge throughout your lives.”
These words were followed by the awarding of diplomas and speeches by student representatives from the bachelor’s, postgraduate and master’s degrees. The event continued with the investiture of new doctors.
Afterwards, Ignasi García Sala, as representative of the undergraduate class, and María José Zilleruelo Pozo, on behalf of the master’s students, postgraduate students and clinical residents, offered a few words to the attendees, thanking both the teaching staff and family members for their support and what they taught them during their time at the university.
The ceremony concluded with the traditional singing of Gaudeamus Igitur.