Graduation Address by prof. Santiago Iniguez de Onzono, dean, IE business school
(December 21, 2007)
Dear Members of the IE Business School Community, Dear Families and friends,
Welcome to the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2007. It is an honour for me to make the opening address of a ceremony that is so important for you, for your families and for our school.
Allow me to travel backwards in time to one of the most fascinating cultural revolutions in contemporary history. I refer to the intense change in the arts and the sciences that occurred in Vienna, Austria, in the early twentieth century. At that time, Vienna concentrated a formidable amalgam of architects, artists, musicians, philosophers and scientists. I am sure that the names of Otto Wagner, Gustav Klimt, Arnold Schoenberg or Sigmund Freud sound very familiar to you. However, they were but just some of the eminent personalities that coincided at the same place and time, changing the way we see the world today.