Class 2014 asked to be pioneers and to never lose hope

By BSU UPAO - Posted on 28 April 2014


The BSU 89th Commencement Exercises Speakers (l-r) Businessman Robert F. Kuan, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo and DOST Undersecretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña

The BSU graduating class 2014 led by one Magna Cum Laude and 50 Cum Laudes were encouraged by the three invited commencement speakers to work hard, to be smarter, and to be entrepreneurs.

Through a message delivered by his father, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Romulo, Pasig City Representative Roman T. Romulo inspired the graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Home Economics and Technology, College of Nursing, and College of Teacher Education in the morning of April 12.

Before relaying his son’s message, Sec. Romulo acknowledged and congratulated the graduates, their parents, and the BSU faculty and staff in Ilocano.

In a read message, Cong. Romulo emphasized hard work and perseverance crediting these values for the success of pioneers such as Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, the Wright brothers, and Thomas Edison, to mention some. “Imagine what life would be without these people,” he mused.

“College education is not a guarantee of success but it is very important. So, continue to work very hard. As graduates of BSU, it is your responsibility to ensure that the next generation will have what you have today or better.”

Currently, Cong. Romulo serves as the chairperson of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education of the House of Representatives. By virtue of this position, he sees to it that all legislations regarding the improvement and the progress of our country’s higher and technical education be given priority. He is also a member of the BSU Board of Regents.

For the afternoon commencement exercises, DOST Undersecretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña represented DOST Secretary, Mario G. Montejo in addressing the graduates from the College of Agriculture, College of Engineering and Applied Technology, Institute of Human Kinetics, Graduate School, and Open University.

Sec. Montejo’s message highlighted the Smarter Philippines Program of DOST.

“At its core, it is a mindset – a conscious effort, a passion if you will, of continually finding better ways of doing things…a smarter way. For us at the DOST, it means leveraging science and technology to come up with new and better products, processes, services, and systems that will have the primary objective of improving Filipino lives.

“At the very essence of this is a firm belief borne out of the truism that technology, if properly harnessed, transforms lives for the better, in ways which are truly revolutionary.”
The Smarter Philippines program includes the Project Noah (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), disaster warning system and its biggest component, the Disaster Risk Exposure and Assessment for Mitigation-Light Detection and Ranging (Dream-Lidar), a flood forecasting system; the Integrated Government Philippine (iGovPhil) project aimed at integrating and interconnecting the government’s ICT systems; Smarter Agriculture; and Smarter Healthcare.

The message ended with an assurance and an encouragement.

“Despite challenges, never lose hope and keep dreaming because in Smarter Philippines, there is no way we will fail. With due diligence, let’s always find ways to help ourselves and be of service to our country for doing so is the key to the making of a great nation.”

DOST Sec. Mario G. Montejo is a mechanical engineer by profession. He is a recipient of a gold medal for Creative Research from the Filipino Inventors Society Inc. for his automatic parking invention when he was president of Northwest Steel (NS Inc).

Incidentally, the commencement exercises for the graduates of diploma and certificate courses were held on April 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. with Robert F. Kuan as the guest of honor and speaker. Robert F. Kuan is a well-known entrepreneur and governor, Rotary District 3830.

Likewise, the Students’ Achievement and Recognition program was held on April 11, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Mark Michael S. Palazo, BSU Topnotcher in the Veterinary Medicine Licensure Examination in 2010 was the guest of honor and speaker.

All activities were held in the University Gymnasium. The graduation rites were video-streamed in the Open Gym where guests and relatives who were not accommodated in the venue were able to view the activities.

According to Pres. Ladilad, the speakers were chosen because of their experience, impeccable track record, and current engagements. He said that they are champions in their respective fields: education/policy trends; Science and Technology; and entrepreneurship and student leadership. For the graduates, he said that the University is always there for them, should they need pieces of advice and assistance. As the head and father of the institution he wishes the graduates well and advises them to have the will and the courage to achieve their dreams, as having both determines primordially success.//Jen S. Tabangcura and Grace T. Bengwayan