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59 ° Ordinary Graduation

Mr. President of the Board of Regents, Eng. Jordi Portet

Mr. President of the Supreme Court of Justice and guest speaker at this graduation, honorable magistrate Luis Henry Molina

Ladies and gentlemen, members of the Board of Regents and the Academic Council

Executives, teachers and collaborators of INTEC 

Graduates and Graduates

Friends and friends,

After greeting everyone, I want to give a special greeting to the ten or maybe fifteen people with whom I have coincidentally coincided in recent days, and who have been kind enough to approach me to speak with emotion of a son or daughter, a grandson or niece, and sometimes even a neighbor, who graduates in this ceremony. In particular, let me send a symbolic hug to the lady with whom I met last week at the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development, to the man with whom I met at a restaurant on the weekend and to the lady with whom I spoke yesterday at a activity of the Central Bank library. To all of them, my congratulations on the achievement of their related. 

However, graduates and graduates, you can rest assured, because I am not going to mention any names to avoid that my words are the cause of family crisis. In fact, if I refer affectionately to my casual encounters with your relatives, it is because I believe that such encounters, which are repeated as a ritual in the days leading up to each graduation, are the best testimony of what each of you represent to many others. people and the high social value of the diploma they are acquiring today. 

This ceremony is certainly important because it is the culmination of one stage of life and the beginning of another and I am moved to think, graduates and graduates, that my condition as Rector allows me to give testimony before society of the dedication that each of you has shown over time. Now is the time to face new challenges and I have no doubt that everyone has the necessary tools to move forward. For that, it is enough to continue doing what you have done so far: that is, set a goal, work hard and maintain a dose of enthusiasm in the face of adversity.

I imagine, to highlight only two or three examples, that these attitudes are typical of Gasendy St. Victor, captain of the Futsal inteciano team that won first place in the Banco Popular Cup, a student born in Port-au-Prince and today He is graduating as a Doctor of Medicine. The ability to work must also be an attribute of Pamela Tejada, Alejandro Vallejo, Dolphy Lantigua and Adriana Rojas, who were awarded for presenting the best works in the student Congress of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Higher Education, and graduate today as Graduates in biotechnology. And a high degree of passion in the face of challenges must be a virtue of Maité Duquela, who presided over the INTEC Ecological group and is now graduating as a Bachelor of Economics. 

To them, and to everyone else, I convey my best wishes through these words, and above all, I urge you to believe that for those who work as you have, life will always be full of miracles. And by the way of miracles, and without the intention of bothering anyone, I take a parenthesis to remember that tonight this year's winter baseball tournament will begin ... and that the Eastern Stars were the champions last year. Could anyone imagine a bigger miracle than that? Of course not!

Of course, my optimism does not pretend to ignore that our country is going through difficult circumstances of various kinds. In the social order, citizen security is a challenge for everyone, gender violence is a scourge that demands an extraordinary social effort to overcome it, the conditions of our hospitals are sometimes a source of shame, to name just a few problems. In the economic sphere, poverty and inequality continue to be ghosts that haunt us and that until now we have not overcome. And on the political front, the picture has unexpectedly thinned out in recent days, generating understandable apprehensions in all of us.  

These circumstances, graduates and graduates, should be a stimulus to assume the social responsibility that corresponds to them, knowing that the future of the country, and to a large extent its present, depends on you. It was with this spirit of responsibility that INTEC, along with three other universities, decided to contribute to the primary voting process currently underway, by responding to a request from the Central Electoral Board to issue a professional opinion on some aspects of the electronic system. This gave rise to the work of a technical team made up of around 15 people, whose work was specified in a report with technical assessment and suggestions for improvement, which was delivered to the corresponding authorities. We hope that the process will conclude successfully for the benefit of democracy.

Let me now, gentlemen and gentlemen, introduce our guest speaker. The honorable magistrate Luis Henry Molina Pena, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Justice, has a degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), with postgraduate studies in Constitutional Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He has extensive experience in the public service, which highlights his participation in the creation and conduct of the National School of the Judiciary (ENJ), from 1998 to 2010.

He began his career in the private legal field, as a lawyer for different firms of wide recognition, and subsequently studied Public Law in Santiago, Chile. Upon his return to the country, he worked as a consultant for the World Bank for the Commissioner of Support for Justice Reform and Modernization, of which he later became Executive Director.  

He has served as Executive Director of the Commission for the Implementation of Criminal Procedure Reform, as the first Secretary General of the Ibero-American Network of Judicial Schools, created by the Summit of Presidents of Courts and Supreme Courts of Justice of Latin America, and as Coordinator of the Project “E-justice: justice in the knowledge society”, of the Thirteenth Ibero-American Judicial Summit.

Molina Peña has also been a teacher in various university institutions and during the 2018 period - April 2019 was president of the Board of Regents of INTEC, an organization whose members contribute voluntarily and honorify. After ceasing these functions, he assumed the presidency of the Supreme Court of Justice, a position he currently occupies

Let's receive it with a loud applause.