June 13, 2024

De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) held its 31st Commencement Exercises, producing 1,477 new alumni from different programs at the SENTRUM, June 7.

The morning ceremony was composed of graduates from the College of Education, Arts and Sciences (CEAS), College of Nursing (CON) and College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) who were conferred their degrees by Br. Dante Amisola FSC, DLSL president and chancellor.   

Guest speaker, Roger Tong-an who is currently the  undersecretary of the Department of Health (DOH),  congratulated the students and encouraged them to go beyond what they have achieved by saying, “Mistakes are not to be feared as these are opportunities to grow.”

DOH undersecretary Roger P. Tong-an congratulates the graduates from CEAS, CITE and CON (Photo by Kitkat Afurong)

April Rose Magpantay, AB Communication graduate, delivered her response, encouraging her batchmates to use their diplomas toward building a better society.

AB Communication graduate, April Rose Magpantay, addresses her batchmates (Photo by Kitkat Afurong)

“May our own paths after this graduation be a way for us to always practice our chosen professions with a greater purpose,” Magpantay remarked.

On the other hand, the College of Business, Economics, Accountancy and Management (CBEAM), College of International, Hospitality and Tourism Management (CIHTM) and College of Law (CoL) had their conferment of degrees during the afternoon.

Their guest speaker, Reginald Laco, professor of DLSL College of Law, shared his stories through elaborating the theme One Heart. One Commitment. One Life. and the acronym of SMART GOALS as inspiration for the students’ decision-making in the future.

Guest speaker Reginald Laco challenges batch 2019 to make an impact through their chosen professions (Photo by Kitkat Afurong)

“Do not lose hope in our society,” Laco said as he urged the graduates to make an impact through their chosen professions.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel John Baliwag, BS Accountancy graduate, gave his thanksgiving speech, emphasizing the values he had acquired being a student-leader.

Emmanuel John Baliwag, BS Accountancy graduate, emphasizes the values he had as a student-leader in his speech (Photo by Kitkat Afurong)

“It’s not those perfect scores or 1.00’s that make life fulfilling, but it’s the feeling you get from other people, knowing that you have inspired or touched them one way or another.” Baliwag shared.

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