Welcome from our Advisor, Marissa Aguilar:
What a pleasure to see all of you again! I keep telling my students that LIFE IS ABOUT CHOICES, and today I see that you made a choice by coming here. You chose to do your regular school work plus MUN. You chose to view world news with open minds and understand issues such as why Brazil has a president from the far extreme right; why Venezuela has two presidents-one official and one self – proclaimed. Why the US government shut down for quite a long time, why populism is spreading in Europe and America? And so many other interesting issues!
You chose to “feel” the world with a caring heart when you are interested in knowing more about a humanitarian crisis like the one in Yemen, or show empathy towards the migrants. And of course, you are here to develop skills and become stronger leaders. I invite you to stand by your choice and show your passion the next three days and when you go home, apply, extend, transfer and then we will know that IMMUNS continues to succeed every year.
Make it happen.
Commencement Message from our Secretary General, Claudia Elizondo:
Hello, delegates. Thank you all for being here and believing in IMMUNS and in Secretariat. It is our great privilege to have you all here with us today ready to find diplomatic solutions to the pressing issues that the international community faces today. For the past few months, Secretariat has been working hard to bring you the IMMUNS Experience, and it has been my great pleasure and honor to work alongside such incredible, diligent people to bring this event to life once again. On behalf of all of us, I hope that IMMUNS becomes a stepping stone in your path to growing into a true world leader and global citizen. Let’s make it happen, delegates!
Closing Ceremony – A farewell from our Secretary General, Claudia Elizondo:
Delegates, thank you all for being here. It has been my great pleasure to have seen you these past few days, working so hard to solve today’s issues. You all came up with great solutions for the large variety of topics you debated. However, I am sure we can all agree that coming up with these solutions was not easy. There were disagreements and many other obstacles that made the process frustrating at times, but made the end result much more valuable.
There is a song that I love, If We Have Each Other by Alec Benjamin, that says, “The world’s not perfect, but it’s not that bad, if we have each other.” I find this lyric expresses two of the most fundamental parts of life, the human connection and the ability to grow and improve. Both parts are present here in IMMUNS. You all created connections within your committees, and all learned something in your three days here. Chairs also created connections with each other, and advisors got to enjoy each other’s company once more.
I do not believe, however, that the world should be perfect. If the world was perfect, we would not be here at IMMUNS. If the world was perfect, we would not see the triumph of compassion and kindness. If the world was perfect, we would seldom witness the endurance of the human spirit. I want to thank you all for getting us a little closer to perfection. I want to thank Secretariat for letting me lead you and being so wonderful and hardworking I have learned so much from you this year. I want to thank especially the seniors in the class, who in the past four years have been on this journey with me. I want to thank Ms. Eva Lamadrid, Mr. David Scott, Dr. Michael Adams, Mr. Sheldon Guenther, Ms. Salinas, and Ms. Escamilla. Last, but not least, I want to thank Ms. Aguilar, our wonderful advisor, for always being there for us and loving us like you do. We know we are not perfect, so thank you for all you have done and continue to do every single day for us. Thank you all once again delegates, and now without further ado, I declare IMMUNS 2019 officially closed.
We hope to see you next year at IMMUNS 2020!