Dominican Mentor, Pioneer Lady Pilot in 23rd Commencement
The College was doubly honored this year during its 23rd graduation ceremonies with such luminaries as Rev. Fr. Ernesto M. Arceo, O.P., who addressed the graduates in Sorsogon City Campus on March 30, 2016. Rector and president of Aquinas University of Legazpi City, he is also a renowned educator as
well as an administrator who completed his studies and served in the University of Santo Tomas.
In the parallel occasion in the College’s Bulan Campus set two days earlier on March 28, 2016, speaker before the graduates was Col. Sharon G. Gernale
of the Philippine Air Force, very own daughter of Bulan. She is renowned as one of the first female military pilots of the Republic in the 1990s. In his address, Fr. Arceo narrated the fable of the eagle who thought it was a chicken, stressing the importance of realizing the potential of the person
through education. Graduates must also be good persons as well as knowledge
able; thus, character development is as important as nurturing the intellect.
On the other hand, Col. Gernale lauded the parents’ contribution and sacrifices in their children’s upbringing and success. She also added that being a woman is not a hindrance to professional achievement and excellence in this world.
Honor students Mark Ariel D. Malto, magna cum laude BS Fisheries of Magallanes Campus, and Robert D. Grey, cum laude BSEd Mathematics of Bulan, expressed the collective gratitude of their fellow graduates before their parents and College.
A total of 1515 graduates completed various degree programs this school year: 75 from the graduate school, 987 from Sorsogon, 250 Bulan, 111 Castilla, and 92 Magallanes. They will be marching with 48 who completed their courses in Summer 2015.
Among these were 30 who graduated with academic distinction, 16 cum laude, and 1 magna cum laude – 47 honor students in all.
Theme of both affairs was “The Graduates Moving Towards Advanced and Innovative Educational Communities.”
This year, SSC has produced a total of 1827 graduates of its secondary, undergraduate and graduate programs. And among these, 17 graduated cum laude and 22 received academic distinctions.
The ceremonies were held on March 25 (School of Graduate Studies, Sorsogon, Castilla and Magallanes) and March 27 (Bulan campus). The commencement speaker for the first was Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, PASUC V chairman and former BU president; for the latter, Hon. Rep. Anthony M. Bravo of Partylist-COOP NATTCCO and former professor of SSC.
It has the theme, “Creating a Unified ASEAN Socio–cultural “Community through Quality Education.”
These graduates are from:
- School of Graduate Studies – 75
- Sorsogon City – 1313 (1224 from baccalaureate programs; 89 from SSC Laboratory High School)
- Bulan – 280
- Castilla – 90
- Magallanes – 69
The figures presented here include those who have completed their degree programs during the summer 2014 and 1st semester of academic year 2014-2015.
The lab high school graduates belong to the last batch of the previous DepEd RBEC curriculum.
Six programs and a component in SSC Sorsogon City, Castilla and Bulan campuses have successfully completed preliminary survey visit this April 27-30. The AACCUP accrediting team that evaluated these curricular offerings was composed of Prof. Rebecca B. Napiere (Visayas SU), Dr. Lorna O. de Veyra (Northwest Samar SU), Dr. Ines G. Falcon (Southern Leyte SU) and Dr. Lydia C. de los Reyes (NwSSU).
Having passed this evaluation, these programs may now apply for formal survey visit for candidate status (level 1) which is scheduled on October – November 2015. The 3rd survey revisit was conducted in the case of Area VII (Library) of the BSED and BEED programs of Teacher Ed-ucation department – Sorsogon City. The quality assurance office headed by Dr. Jenet B. Fuentes facilitated this activity with the assistance of committees formed by these departments.
DepEd and SSC jointly launched the Grade 10 Mass Training with 137 Math, 136 English and 153 Science teacher-participants from Sorsogon province and city divisions on May 4-9 and May 11-16.
As part of its extension mandate, the SSC Teacher Education department – headed by Dr. Gerry S. Digo – provided the training staff and 3 of its faculty who served as trainers: Mari-grace Carretero (English), Karina Belardo (Math) and Lawrence Mendina (Science). They supported an additional 14 DepEd resource persons as well as their monitoring/supervising teams. SSC, a Teacher Education Institution (TEI), formed this partnership with DepEd as part of the implementation of the K+12 curriculum. It also hosted the Mass Training for Grade 9 last May 2014.
The Office of Research and Development Services headed by its new director, Dr. Ryan V. Dio, conducted on May 25 the 1st Bi-Annual In-House Review of completed, on-going and proposed R & D projects and posters presentations. The theme was “Achieving Quality Higher Education and the ASEAN Integration Through Multidisciplinary Research.” 13 studies were presented in the education-socioeconomic category and 6 in the AFNR & ICT (agriculture, fisheries and natural resources; information and communication technology). And 6 expert panelists – Dr. Ruby L. Leander (SSC retired faculty), DepEd Sup. Dr. Danilo E. Despi, DOST Prov. S & T Director Engr. Emmanuel Guim, Mr. Nestor Nava of Dept. of Agriculture, Dr. Susan S. Janer and Mr. Michael John A. Jamora of SSC – evaluated these output. After the deliberations in the 1st category, a study from Education Dept. – Sor. City won 1st; 2nd from Technology Dept. – Sor. City; and a tie for 3rd from Bulan and Magallanes campus. For AFNR, Bulan campus researchers won 1st. The 2nd review this year is scheduled this coming October.
As of May 2015, the Office of Research and Development Services (ORDS) accomplished the following:
- 1st bi-annual in-house review of 19 completed, on-going and proposed projects;
- 1 international and 6 national research paper presentations;
- Evaluation of 7 project proposals;
- 4 publications in research journals (REDTI, Intersection, IAMURE and JPAIR).
A new director has also taken the place of Dr. Magdalena Ocbian, now the SSC Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Ryan V. Dio is an experienced math faculty of the Teacher Education department and graduate school, a seasoned researcher, and also the former student services coordinator of the Sorsogon City campus before he assumed the office this April. A seminar-workshop for peer reviewers, editors and researchers on technical writing of scientific articles is also scheduled this June 10-11. This is the R & D office’s initial preparation for the evaluation of the SSC research journal by CHED and other accrediting agencies.