In his first speech as Rector at the NOVA University, Professor Sàágua emphasized the latest definition of the mission of Universities – to serve society through knowledge.
The ceremony also included the speeches of the President of NOVA's Council of Curators, Helena Nazaré, the Minister of the Presidency and Administrative Modernization, Professor Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, and Edgar Simões, the President of the Student Association of Faculdade de Ciências Médicas/Nova Medical School, as a representative of the Student Council.
On this day the University honored professors, researchers and students who have excelled in the academic year 2016/2017.
Over 250 doctors graduated by NOVA in the last year have been invited to receive their academic insignia. These were bestowed by the Rector and the Directors of the various NOVA teaching units.