The Class of 2017, the first tertiary class to graduate under the new management of Roosevelt College, Inc., (RCI), donned their academic gowns and were bestowed their academic degrees on March 31, 2017, at Teatro Marikina in Marikina City, Metro Manila. A total of 109 graduates from the Tertiary Education Division (TED) and Graduate School (GS) marched on stage to have their tassels shifted and diplomas handed them. The graduation ceremony had the theme, Espousing Academic Excellence for Social Transformation.
RCI central administration officers and unit officials were witnesses to this momentous event. In his commencement address, RCI president Michael Alba delivered the last lessons or bilins to the graduates. Among others, he gave them a list of things that can help them find their “true north.”
- (From the book Higher Education in America by Derek Bok, ex-president of Harvard University) Develop critical thinking skills and commit to be a life-long learner, be morally sensitive and upright, and be an active and engaged citizen in the community. Graduates should seek to develop these skills, traits, and values to succeed in the world of work and to flourish in life. “To be a good person and citizen, you need a moral backbone and civic spirit,” he summed up.
- (From the book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, teachers of the most popular elective course at Stanford University) Design life as the most important project—be constantly aware that doing so is a process, be persistently curious to see things from different perspectives, and ask for help through collaboration.
- Never give up!
- This came from an Hasidic tale Dr. Alba heard from Rev. Fr. Mariano Agruda III, OCD, which points towards a correct disposition to the Almighty. It goes…
Late one evening, a poor farmer, on his way back from the market, found himself without his prayer book. The wheel of his cart had come off right in the middle of the woods and it distressed him that this day should pass without his having said his prayers.
So, he uttered this prayer: “I have done something very foolish, Lord. I came away from home this morning without my prayer book, and my memory is such that I cannot recite a single prayer without it. So this is what I am going to do: I shall recite the alphabet five times very slowly, and You, to whom all prayers are known, can put the letters together to form the prayers I cannot remember.”
And the Lord God said to His angels: “Of all the prayers I have heard today, this one was undoubtedly the best because it came from a heart simple and sincere.
In her yearbook message to the class, RCI vice president for academic affairs Gillian Joyce Virata lauded the graduates for having completed all the requirements for their respective degrees amid significant changes in school, the country, and the world. She exhorted them to create their own vision of a better world for all as the world needs people who can and will keep it on a path of peace, collaboration, and growth.
TED and GS Dean Aldrin Darilag, meanwhile, challenged the graduates to continue dreaming for a brighter future, continue toiling for a fruitful vineyard so that there will be more opportunities and special places that will come their way.
On behalf of the graduates, Prince Joser Cruz, acknowledged and thanked the people who helped and guided them in their academic journey leading them to march with pride, honor, and dignity. Cruz was awarded the highest honors in the graduate school.