For the first time, the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) conducted a virtual graduation. The class of 2020 for the entire USTP system had the Virtual Commencement Exercises streamed on Facebook. This is to adhere to mandated safety protocols and limit the spread of COVID-19 as the new normal.
Live virtual coverage of the graduation ceremonies
Dr. Maria Elena L. Paulma, Vice President for Academic Affairs, presented the 1,727 candidates of the School Year 2019-2020 for the USTP System. Of the total number of graduates, 1,195 were from Cagayan de Oro, 406 from Claveria, 22 from Jasaan, 11 from Oroquieta, and 93 from Panaon.
Batch 2020 yielded 3 Magna Cum Laude, 20 Cum Laude, and 10 With Distinction.
USTP officials with students representing the graduates during the virtual commencement program
Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II delivers his opening remarks
USTP System President Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, said that aside from being a milestone, this year’s graduation is also a celebration of the journey succeeded as graduates of USTP. President Cultura thanked the parents and the families of the graduates that despite the new norms, restrictions and separation it never outshined the hard work and dedication
they have shown in pursuit of higher education. “Your graduation from this university is unparalleled fulfillment to all of us because we know we have molded a new productive member of the society who will contribute to the growth and further development of the region and the country in general,” he said.
DOST Regional Director Alfonso P. Alamban and NEDA Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño
Hon. Alfonso P. Alamban, Regional Director of Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST-10), reminded the graduates that they are the key to the future, and the one whom the torch of knowledge is passed. “DOST-10 strengthens its bond with USTP in building a more resilient foundation for the academe and industry. We can always be sure that we can cope up with more challenges ahead knowing we will always prioritize science, technology and innovation,” he expressed.
President of the USTP Federation of Faculty Associations Ms. Fritzie B. Salado and President of the USTP Alumni Associations Mr. Jason Jay C. Dalman
Ms. Fritzie B. Salado, the President of the Federation of Faculty Association told the graduates, “Let not this pandemic hamper your plans. Remember, you are a USTP graduate who is resilient and innovative game changer, a true Trailblazer”.
Other members of the Board of Regents (BOR) who extended their congratulatory messages virtually were Hon. Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, the Regional Director of the National Economic Development Authority 10 (NEDA-10), and Mr. Jason Jay C. Dalman, President of the USTP Alumni Federation.
Guest speaker of the Virtual Commencement Exercise is Cabinet Secretary Hon. KarloAlexei B. Nograles, who is also the Co-Chairman of the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease. In a virtual message, Secretary Nograles shared that despite the challenges faced due to the pandemic, we must learn to go out of our comfort zones. He calls on the graduates to move forward with their plans and dreams while adopting to the new normal, to explore and utilize this time of crisis to learn and learn some more. ”You are the future of our beloved country, from your batch of graduates will come the leaders of our post pandemic world. Such is the greatness of your generation,” he said.
The virtual graduation concluded with congratulatory messages from the college deans, chairpersons, faculty and staff of the USTP System family. (Stephanie Jean S. Dacosta, USTP System Strategic Communication Office)
Click here to view the Virtual Commencement Exercises