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MCL graduates rejoice in 15th Commencement Exercises

Malayan Colleges Laguna's (MCL) 15th Commencement Exercises were held last May 22, 2018 at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center. Present to give the keynote address was the Former Executive Director of DOST-PCIEERD and University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman professor Dr. Carlos Primo C. David.

With heads held high and joy on their faces, the Graduating Class of 2018 celebrated the completion of their college journey during Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (MCL) 15th Commencement Exercises last May 22, 2018 at the Plenary Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Rather than a weighty keynote address, the Former Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST-PCIEERD) and University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman professor Dr. Carlos Primo C. David gave the graduates a light and interesting speech.

For this, he tried something different by reversing the process – to share what older folks can learn from the 20-something year olds of today.

In order to do this, he took a trip to MCL to get a feel of what students do and talk about these days. He also gathered data from the Twitter feeds of MCL, KAMALAYAN, Meleyen, and some individual accounts, and communicated via email with some of the members of this year's graduating class.

Dr. David learned three things from his experiment: that the dreams of these young people do not have boundaries; that in this day and age of social media, creating meaningful relationships is still very important to these kids and helping people and communities are on top of their list; and that they are motivated.

"Graduates, there's a whole new world out there for you to explore. Huwag na mahiya, hanapin ang inyong landas,” he advised.

Finally, Dr. David inspired the graduates to find their own “win-win” situations both in their personal relationships and professional careers, which he himself also does and has discovered works for many of his endeavors. “There are many such opportunities in life and I hope you also look for them.”

B.A. Broadcasting (BAB) alumna and Summa Cum Laude Mary Anne C. Villanueva, meanwhile, encouraged her colleagues through her valedictory address to use this special day as fuel to carry on with their dreams.

B.A. Broadcasting (BAB) alumna and Summa Cum Laude Mary Anne C. Villanueva is the May 2018 Valedictorian.

“Despite our differences and no matter how and when we saw the start of this journey, I am absolutely certain that it all began with a dream,” she started. She recounted how her journey began when, as a child, she watched Jessica Soho braving the Afghan streets to deliver her report.

As per Mary Anne, each graduate may have different stories to tell, but what’s important is that they are now a step closer to their dreams.

“Life will be tougher. When that happens, I encourage that you look back on this particular moment as a milestone you have achieved. Use it as a fuel to continue pursuing your dreams. Because if you have conquered this, you surely have in you what it takes to fulfill your dreams and create and pursue new ones.”

Special awards were given to May 2018 Civil Engineer Licensure Examination 8th Placer Engr. Jude L. Rosales; November 2017 Industrial Engineering Certification Examination 5th Placer Engr. Edward Kenneth Allen C. Garcia; ‘Ad Excellentiam’ Awardees for Best in Capstone Project and IT graduates Iyan Oliver A. Alvarez, Mark Isaiah O. Cataquian, Gabriel Jose S. Santiago, and Ken Michael M. Sevilla for their research “TACTICA: an Android-Based Low-Cost Assistive Tactile Device on Basic Braille Notation Reading for Visually Impaired Students in SPED Centers with IOT Technology;” and Jose Rizal Awardee for Excellence and Virtue in Community Service and BAB graduate Vincent Lorenzo F. Naval.

The honor graduates were also awarded for their academic excellence in their respective programs.

Afterwards, the graduates were inducted to the Malayan Colleges Laguna Alumni Association (MCLAA) by its Vice President, Hernan Ernani R. Luis. Led by the Director of the Office for Student Sevices (OSS), Prof. Angelito D. Platino, the avowed alumni took their pledge of loyalty to their alma mater.

The cherished afternoon for the graduates was graced by the presence of the board of trustees, deans, administrators, staff, and professors of MCL. Prof. Remilyn G. Mondez of the College of Arts and Science (CAS) served as the Master of Ceremonies.

More photos from the event may be viewed on the official MCL Facebook page.

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