Three days of emotions that sum up a life: the boy who has become an adult, university studies, the encounter with love, friendship, strengthening in faith. But also the distance from the family, the obstacles of entering a society with different geography, habits and language. All this shook to tears, maturing a sense of immense gratitude towards his lucky star, Nicolas Venn, of Senegalese nationality, graduated as an agronomist on February 8, 1979 at the Catholic University of San Lazzaro with a thesis in plant genetics under the guidance of Professor Carlo Lorenzoni.
These days have been a full immersion in the past that began on the evening of last Wednesday, when, together with his wife Lissa arrived in Piacenza. Dr. Venn climbed the white staircase of what, at the time, was the only Faculty of Agriculture in San Lazzaro. “There weren’t all these buildings,” the now white-haired former student exclaimed as he was greeted by the campus director Mauro Balordi and by professor emeritus Giuseppe Bertoni, the youngest of the teachers of his years of studies. From the director to the Senegalese agronomist the homage of the Cattolica sweatshirt and vice versa the photocopy of the degree parchment with the prestigious signature of the rector, Giuseppe Lazzati, who succeeded the founder, Father Agostino Gemelli.
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