With memories of those first days of class still fresh on our minds, the day for Commencement and the Farewell Dinner had already arrived. Students, faculty, staff, a few parents and alumni all gathered in downtown Madrid to honor students’ achievements. Professor Alfonso Taboada spoke on compassion as the source of true happiness. Student speaker Rachael Ranno’s speech reflected a strong sense of community and comradery built over the course of two years. The Student Council prepared a photo presentation which encompassed moments throughout the year, and a sense of alegría was truly present among the audience.