By: Dave Andonaque & Romar Rodriguez
Editorial Assistants, The Astrals


     After two consecutive years of virtual graduation ceremonies, Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) Main Campus held its in-person 1st University Commencement Exercises spearheaded by Dr. Jeff George V. Delima III, Director-General, and Dr. Jomartin C. Limson, this year’s Grand Marshall, on July 11, 2022.


       During the processional, a total of 894 graduates from different colleges and 25 from the Graduate Education Program proudly graced and marched in the NISU’s gymnasium, which was presented by various College Deans.


       “After two years, we have gathered together today in person. You have endured and overcome exceptional uncertainty and challenges. You have adapted and grown in these difficult times, which undoubtedly enriched you and added to your academic success,” said Dr. Alma Defacto, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, in her welcome address.


       The event was attended by Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, Dr. Alma Defacto, Dr. Raffy Chavez, Dr. Fernan P. Tupas, Members of the Board of Regents, Hon. Raul “Boboy” C. Tupas, Hon. Binky Tupas, Mayors from 5th district, Local Government Unit (LGU), Directors and Associate directors of different offices, faculty, staff, and parents.


       “As you prepare to leave your comfort zone, this world is yours to explore. The life on the horizon promises you all the possibilities and opportunities. The wisdom, knowledge and skills you acquired at NISU will be your tools to navigate the vastness of the sea of opportunities presenting in front of you,” said Dir. Andre L. Ladigohon, Director II/Provincial Director of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Antique Field Office and this year's keynote speaker.


       During his speech, he added that graduates should use their experiences and knowledge to build and not to destroy, to unify rather than divide, to challenge injustices, to champion integrity, to choose relationships over pride, and to stand by the principles of integrity no matter it takes. He also aired a challenge to the students to answer the call for nation building as the world now needs them.


       Also, Congressman “Boboy” Tupas gave his speech to commend the officials, faculty and staff of NISU on their unwavering dedication in producing globally competitive graduates through staying true to its vision of providing quality education anchored on academic excellence, social responsibility, technological efficiency and professional integrity.


       On the other hand, this year’s batch of graduates were the pioneers of the K to 12 program and have produced numbers of graduates with Latin honors – 11 Magna Cum Laude and 177 Cum Laude.


       “As a pioneer of the K to 12 Program, it is a big help because it adds to our knowledge and widens our perspective in life, reality, and experience. It gives us realizations of what is our passion and especially prepares us for college,” said Charlene Chavez, Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Major in Filipino, Magna Cum Laude.


       Meanwhile, the SSC and the FLP provided and distributed personalized facemasks to the undergraduate programs adding a uniform color to the venue and facilitating the graduates’ 900 food packs as snacks.