By: Jeremy M. Gawongna
The Registrar’s Office recorded a number of 1, 438 graduates of the Ifugao State University (IFSU) 2nd semester of school year 2015 to2016, surpassing the 1,368 number of graduates 2nd semester of
school year 2014 to 2015. Mid-year Commencement Exercise is held every after 1st
The Summer Commencement Exercises was held on June 7, 2016. Graduation ceremony for graduates under the Open Distance Education / Transnational Education was also held in Bangkok, Thailand on May 15, 2016. Commencement Exercises were held at the Main or Lamut Campus on April 1, 2016, Lagawe Campus on April 5, 2016, Potia Campus on April 7, 2016, and Tinoc Campus on March 30, 2016.
Main Campus had the most number of
graduates with 957. Potia came next with 274, followed by Lagawe with 166.
Tinoc had 41 graduates.
They were confirmed graduates by IFSU
President Dr. Serafin. L. Ngohayon
Main Campus Commencement Exercises Guest of Honor and Speaker Dr. Victor B. Mariano, Director, Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) suggested the graduates to always have in mind the Triple A: Attitude, Aptitude, and Altitude.
“It is your attitude and not your aptitude that will determine your altitude,” he stressed.
“Attitude is the way you look at life. Aptitude is your brain matter. Aptitude is the level of your success,” he explained.
He said faith in God, humility, and
positive outlook are the key elements of a good attitude.
Potia Campus Commencement Exercises Guest of Honor and Speaker Dr. Lorenzo M. Caranguian, Director, Department of Agriculture – Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR), drove his points using the acronym ENSO: Education, Nature, Science, and Opportunities.
Education, according to him, is not just
general education but appropriate or quality education that helps make a
difference. It is the entry point to any transformation.
“Nature of involvement spells a lot,” he said.
“We would always like to be effective and efficient in all the things that we do… Remember just one word. It’s credibility,” he said further.
On Science, he said in order to excel, one
has to know the details and the rudiments.
“It’s all about technology. Gone are the days when we were hit and miss. Gone are the days when we were on trial and error method implementers. We have to be very precise,” he said.
Dr. Caranguian further told the graduates of
their edge for having finished a degree. He urged them to have the
determination to find appropriate opportunities.
Lagawe Campus Commencement Exercises Guest
of Honor and Speaker Honorable Teodoro B. Baguilat Jr., Congressman, Lone
District of Ifugao, honored the administrators, faculty, parents and students
for achieving another development milestone.
“For the faculty and administrators, this marks the culmination of their effort to mold and hold the next generation of Ifugaos and the new hope of our province. For the students, this is the consummation of years of hard work and the beginning of the next stage of their lives; to look for a job. For our parents, this is the provision of all your sacrifice. This is a day to recognize your priceless effort,” he said.
He presented the government programs on
education aiming to meet global standards such as the K+12 expanded basic
education curriculum, upgrading of school facilities, scholarship programs,
etc.. He cited some initiatives under his administration that benefited IFSU
such as lobbying for IFSU budget during budget hearings, lobbying with Senator
Pia Cayetano for the construction of the multi-purpose gymnasium at Lagawe
Campus, and a lot more.
“Together, our quest for excellence will be much easier to fulfil if we work together. I see myself as part of the IFSU community by virtue of my responsibility to our beloved Ifugao,” he said.
Tinoc Campus Commencement Exercises Guest
of Honor and Speaker Dr. Carmelo W. Madinno, Faculty Member, College of Arts
and Sciences, Benguet State University, inspired the graduates by sharing his
struggles and determination to achieve where he is now.
Summer Commencement Exercises Guest of Honor and Speaker Dr. Romulo H. Malvar, Director IV, Commission on Higher Education – Cordillera Administrative Region (CHED-CAR), pointed out that it is but apt to be happy and grateful as another batch of graduates of the different IFSU satellite campuses are equipped with values and competence ready to face the challenges in the world of work.
“In the world of work, we should be able to analyze the systems in front of us. We should be able to operate the computers in front of us,” he said.
“As graduates, you are now empowered to fulfil your dream, to fulfil your goal. In this season of unprecedented change to Philippine education landscape shaped by aggressive reform measures from the government with the full implementation of K to 12 this year, to include typology, quality assurance, and the rapidly advancing movements such as the onset of the ASEAN economic community 2015, it is imperative for our educational institutions to get ready and join the game,” he said further.
He explained that with the ASEAN integration,
Filipinos would compete not only with fellow Filipinos but with nationalities
in other ASEAN countries, hence, joining the game means taking all the
challenges that the landscape poses, striving to attain quality education, and
making a difference to achieve excellence such that excellence is the name of
He shared some pointers to remember using the acronym EXCELLENCE: E for Excel, X for X-factor, C for Cooperation, E for Emulate, L for Lead by example, L for Love education, E for Engagement, C for Compete, and E for Employing God’s grace.
“Excel means you surpass something. You attain something more than what you expect, more than what is in the standard and that is the essence of being a Center of Excellence in education. That is also the essence of our Institutional Sustainability Assessment and that is excellence compared to what is being provided in our Certificate of Program Compliance,” he explained.
On X-factor, he said such is always there
in any competition. He said life is full of surprises where one wakes in the
morning either with pleasant or unpleasant surprises but above all, persistence
in prayer helps.
On cooperation and teamwork, he said when
it comes to excellence in education, nobody can attain excellence without the
so-called teamwork of all the faculty, students, non-academic staff, and even
the people outside the university.
On emulation, he said try to check if the university survives by following good path, good deeds, good behavior, and good values. “In doing so, that is one way to achieve excellence in education,” he said.
On leading by example, he said although
nobody is perfect or nobody can actually have it all, doing or showing
something in school is actually leading other people to follow such good
“Love education is passion for education. Everyday of our lives, we are always learning. Those learnings, situations, and circumstances make a person a better one,” he said.
“Engagement is getting involved,” he said. Involvement in all the activities of the university and the society, according to him, means responding to the fact that events happening whether near or far affect the university.
On competition, Dr. Malvar stressed the
need to be globally competitive. He said the director of a Philippine
university must be of the same level of standard with the director of any Asian
university. Graduates of a Philippine university must be able to compete with
graduates of universities in the whole world.
On employing God’s grace, he said God’s grace includes what and how one thinks, feels, and settles things, hence, one must always seek God’s assistance.
In his homily during the Summer
Commencement Exercises Baccalaureate Mass, Fr. Noel Bantiyan, Rector, Lamut
Catholic Mission, reminded the graduates not to forget the people behind their
achievement: their parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, friends,
professors, and all who journeyed with them.
“It is right and proper that your family and friends accompany you because in so many ways, families are often the hidden faculty of academic life. Parents made sacrifices…. Your family is your encouragement. They pushed you because they know your capabilities… Most of all, they love you and feel nothing but joy and pride,” he said.
He told the graduates that aside from
thanking God for their achievements, they must thank God for those who have
carried out and nurtured their gifts.
“If you really want to be successful in whatever profession or work you undertake, realize that you can never do it alone. You have to rely on the love, prayer, and support of those who help you go through and become better person,” he said.
“You cannot be successful by using only your human strength and power. God must always be part of your daily life, your plans and activities. Trust in Him, the one who strengthens and sustains you,” he said further.
Fr. Bantiyan also presided the
Baccalaureate Mass during the Main Campus Commencement Exercises. He based his
homily on the story of The Rich Man from the Gospel of Mark.
He gave emphasis on gratitude and mission.
On gratitude, he explained that the
Eucharist, the second part of the Holy Mass, literally means thanksgiving.
“Gratitude is more than just words of thanks. It is attitude, a way of seeing life and how life moves forward. Your inexhaustible energies are not yours but are God’s, the reason why Eucharist or the Holy Mass is celebrated. It is an acknowledgement that left on your own, you would not have been able to surpass the challenges and difficulties. Events and coincidences were filled with the twists, turns and surprises of a loving God such that we have to thank Him,” he said.
On mission, he said it’s not just about passing the board, but beyond that would be bigger task, realities of life, and decisions that will call for real discernment. The mission, according to him, is for a lifetime.
“There will be many distractions, many temptations to pull you back. There will be moments of doubt and fear. There will be moments of abandonment. This is where the real challenge comes. Whatever and wherever you will be, whatever decisions you make, you will be taking along with you the name of IFSU,” he said.
He said training and commitment are not
enough unless complemented with proper care for human beings.
“They need heartfelt concern. They need to experience the richness of who they are as images and likeness of God. Poverty and pain can sometimes make them forget it but they become human when they feel once more the love of people like you who care,” he said.
He said the society is sometimes so
materialistic so that what really matters are easily forgotten.
“To so many people, happiness depends on possessions. Finishing a course, having a job, having a beautiful house, luxurious car, all these things become people’s goal in life. If one of these items cannot be attained, then for some people, life has taken a terrible turn for the worst,” he said.
“In the Gospel, a young man was told to leave material things to follow the Lord. He was trying hard to serve God. This is a man whom Jesus looks upon and loves but he couldn’t leave his possessions to follow the Lord. He had many possessions. He wasn’t able to see the ultimate value of following Christ. Thus, sad to say, some people entrust the happiness of their families to these things rather than to the presence of the Lord. The rich man in the Gospel is having a hard time to enter the kingdom of God, not because he is not concern with the kingdom of God. He has a hard time entering because he is more concerned with the kingdom of the world. His determination for things left him with a life nowhere to go. What really matters in life? As the first reading says from the Book of Wisdom, that the wisdom of God is all that matters; to see things as God sees them, to understand as God understands, to enjoy the fruit of creation as God means them to be enjoyed, to use your talents and gifts, to lead your families in love so that you become the reflection of the holy family. This is what matters in life. You may not be well-off financially. What is important is your life revolves around the love of the Lord in and through others. This is wisdom,” he explained.