Below are excepts from Castro's comments to graduating medical students. They're headlined "Message from Fidel: To the graduates of Victoria de Giron Institute of Basic Sciences and Preclinical Studies."
"Allow me to recall that five decades ago, during a public event in the presence of the first students of this prestigious institution, some from other universities and students at nursing colleges, this educational institute was inaugurated in response to the criminal action on the part of the neighboring empire, to take away, as it did with promises of visas and employment, the majority of the country's 6,000 doctors."
"The Victoria de Girón Institute of Basic Sciences and Preclinical Studies marked the beginning of our massive training of doctors."
"I congratulate everyone on this 50th anniversary and, in particular, the founding members of the Victoria de Girón Institute of Basic Sciences and Preclinical Studies, who merit special congratulations."
"They have honored those who, more than 50 years ago and at the cost of countless lives, demonstrated, to the powerful yanki empire, the response which anyone who might attempt to enslave our people would receive."
"I hope you will continue harvesting successes in the noble and humane task to which you have dedicated your lives."
Fidel Castro Ruz
October 17, 2012"