The first 31 San Geronimo College graduates, with degrees in Preservation and Management of Historic-Cultural Patrimony, received their diplomas in a ceremony held within the San Fransisco Convent’s Lesser Basilica in Old Havana.
Presiding during the ceremony was Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel.
Recognized with special awards during the event were outstanding students
Michael Sánchez Torres, most outstanding research project; Lissette de la Caridad Iglesias Camejo, most outstanding in curating; and Dora Cancio Benítez, San Geronimo College valedictorian.
Eusebio Leal, Havana City Historian and San Geronimo dean, emphasized the critical need in Cuban society to promote Martí’s concept of seeking the greatest degree of justice possible, to make the social system chosen by the Cuban people sustainable.
Student Dora Cancio Benítez reaffirmed in her remarks the graduates’ commitment to cultivating knowledge and transforming Cuban society, emphasizing that the careers they were undertaking imply strengthening the relationships between individuals, society and culture.
The graduates are prepared to work as specialists in the management of urban heritage sites, cultural promotion and community action, as managers of museums and cultural centers, or as researchers of cultural heritage and patrimony issues.
The graduating class included workers from the City Historian’s Office pursuing professional development, as well as students from the Historic District’s secondary trade school, where skills needed in the restoration of historical sites are taught.
These graduates have combined doing with learning, integrating experience gained working in the field with scientific knowledge acquired in university studies.