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More than 100 students from 30 countries were part of Berklee College of Music's second graduating class at its Valencia, Spain, campus this month.
"This second Valencia campus graduation is the culmination of an important year that not only confirms our Valencia campus, but we can now say that our growth objectives in quality, diversity of students, and academic outcomes have happily met our expectations,” said Lawrence J. Simpson, senior vice president of Academic Affairs/Provost. “We believe that the strong musical and cultural roots of the city of Valencia play a key role in these achievements."
The July 14 ceremony, which took place at the Teatro Martín i Soler in Valencia, included the inaugural graduation for students in the Master in Music Technology Innovation program, which focuses on new artistic directions in the innovation of music, technology, and the application of music in technology. Other graduates completed one of three programs: Contemporary Performance; Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games; and Global Entertainment and Music Business.
The class is made up of 108 students from the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, India, Russia, Iceland, Italy, Slovenia, France, and Spain, among other countries. The diversity of the student body is a priority for Berklee, which attracts musicians from around the world who want an outstanding education rich with opportunities to share culture, knowledge, and experience.
In attendance at the graduation ceremony were Simpson; Lawrence E. Bethune, vice president for Student Affairs/Dean of Students; Ann Kreis, chair of the Berklee Valencia campus Advisory Board; and Guillermo Cisneros, vice president for Global Initiatives and executive director for the Valencia campus.