Restrictions brought by the pandemic didn’t hold back the celebration of an academic feat as accomplished graduates of the three colleges of Cebu Normal University (CNU) Main Campus participated in the second virtual Commencement Rites with the theme, “CNU: Flourishing in the New Normal”.
The 92nd College of Teacher Education(CTE), 40th College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and 36th College of Nursing (CN) Commencement Rites were streamed in CNU’s Facebook Page last Friday, June 4, formally concluding the academic year 2020-2021.
Administrative officials opened the ceremony by giving encouraging pieces of advice to graduates; among them were Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Daisy R. Palompon; Vice President for Administration Dr. Floriza N. Laplap; Vice President for Research, Extension and Publication Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy; CTE Dean Dr. Ethel L. Abao; CN Dean Dr. Emiliano Ian B. Suson II; and, CAS Dean Dr. Milagros M. Greif.
The words imparted by the administrative officials reminded the graduates that the”end of their academic pursuit is just the beginning of their quest in taking more challenging roles”; roles that demand them to make a better future for the nation with the values gained in their learning triumphs as a guide.
Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, CESE Officer-in-Charge – Office of the University President, conferred the degrees to the 198 graduates who have satisfactorily complied with the requirements of their respective curricula.
Congressman Marquez “Mark” Go, representative of the Lone District of Baguio City, graced the 2021 commencement exercises with his virtual presence as the event’s speaker and talked about the importance of goal-setting in navigating one’s direction in life.
“With proper preparation and grit, you will be able to achieve everything that you wish to. Set a goal. I always believe that goal setting’s half the journey. Once you set a goal, it does something to you as a person. It causes you to act differently, it prepares you to tackle the job,” he said.
Furthermore, Go stressed that the “COVID-19 survivors” batch should grab the opportunity to transform the world and make it a better place, as their “generation is now responsible so that something like this will not happen again in the future.”
For this academic year, 131 students from CTE, 62 from CAS, and 5 CN students accounted for a total of 198 graduates, lesser than the previous year.
Words by Lorille Antoinette Mata & Jamaica Ola-a
Screenshot by Alyssa Cañete