President Juan Manuel Santos at graduation

7 August 2019


President Juan Manuel Santos, an LSE alumnus, former Colombian President between 2010-2018, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016, attended our recent graduation ceremony, receiving an honorary doctorate from the school for his significant contributions to peace and reconciliation.

In his speech at the ceremony, President Juan Manuel Santos said: “The importance of this School in the history of the world is widely recognised. My presence today in this event is the living proof that dreams not only come true but can exceed our wildest imagination.

“Half a century ago, my dream was to study in this prestigious academic institution. Upon receiving this honour, my dream is that all of us, human beings, may rediscover a new path of moderation, peace, tolerance, compassion, and inclusion.”

read the speech in full here