The Laguna University held its 11th Commencement Exercises with the theme: “LU Graduates: Ready to Conquer the World of Work and Opportunities,” on June 8, 2018 at the Cultural Center of Laguna (CCL) with Senator Cynthia A. Villar as the guest of honor and commencement speaker.
Five hundred ten (510) graduating students, including the lone cum laude graduate, marched into the hall to receive their diplomas, 455 of whom received baccalaureate degrees while 55, 2-year associate degrees.
Laguna Governor and University President Ramil L. Hernandez conferred the degrees on graduating students.
The conferred degrees and the number of graduates per degree program are as follows: For baccalaureate degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BAC), 50; Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS), 35; Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), 80; Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd), 73; Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) Major in Biological Science, 24; Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) Major in English, 29; Bachelor of Education (BSEd) Major in Mathematics, 14; Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA), 12; Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (BS Entrep), 92; Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME), 46; and, For Associate (2-year) degrees: Automotive Technology, 20; Diploma in Midwifery, 6; Pharmacy Services NC III, Barangay Health Services NC II, and Health Care Services NC II (Bundled Program), 15; Associate in Information Technology (AIT), 1; and Associate in Computer Science (ACS), 13.
Senator Villar On Education
Sen. Villar, as this year’s commencement speaker, stressed the importance of education in one’s life, saying that it is one thing that cannot be taken away from whoever has it. She congratulated the graduates for their hard work and commitment to education, and praised their parents for their support and sacrifice. She added that as a parent, she made sure that her children received the best education available to them. She cited her son Mark Villar, the secretary of Public Works and Highways, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics, Political Science and Philosophy from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, making him qualified for the government position he was offered and later accepted.
Having served as chairperson of Committee on Higher and Technical Education in the past, Senator Villar remarked that she continues to spouse free education for all and distance learning for teachers who would like to finish their graduate degrees, as well as the Farm School Project of Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) aimed at providing scholarships to farmers and fisherfolk and their families and relatives for capability and capacity building so they can increase their productivity. These, she said, she supports in conjunction with her anti-poverty program dubbed, “Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance or Villar SIPAG.”
CEMA GRAD REAPS LATIN HONORS
An Accounting major and the only cum laude graduate this year, topped the graduating class of 2018.
Rowena D. Noveno, a BS Accounting major from the College of Entrepreneurship, Management, and Accountancy (CEMA), graduated at the top of her class and received the Manny Villar Medal for Excellence for her outstanding academic performance.
In her emotionally-charged Speech of Gratitude, Noveno paid tribute to her parents for supporting her through college despite their financial challenges. She narrated how her parents, both of whom are farmers, sacrificed so much so she and her siblings could attend school. She also lauded all the parents in attendance for their gift of sacrifice, sending their children to school to provide them with good education and to secure their future.
The new graduates were inducted into LU Alumni Association by Hon. Rinielle C. Montana, member, Board of Regents, and president of LUAA. They also took the Pledge of Loyalty led by the Graduating Class 2018 President Angel Franz D. Reano of BS Mechanical Engineering.
Atty. Antonio P. Relova, VPAA for Administration delivered the Charge to the Graduates speech while Dr. Gualolarina C. Fernandez, the Head of the University Guidance and Counseling Office, emceed the affair.
Also present during the event were members of the Board of Regents and other University Officials.
To view the photos of the graduation rites, please visit the photo gallery. The event was also seen via livestream at www.facebook.com/LagunaUniversityOfficial.