Dominican Mentor, Pioneer Lady Pilot in 23rd Commencement

<em>Col. Gernale (above, center) with high school classmates Ms. Marife Glomar (right), Prof. Corazon Bongalosa and Ms. Mariesusan Caudilla of Bulan Campus</em>

Col. Gernale (above, center) with high school classmates Ms. Marife Glomar (right), Prof. Corazon Bongalosa and Ms. Mariesusan Caudilla of Bulan Campus

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.

<em>Fr. Arceo and Dr. Detera in Sorsogon City</em>

Fr. Arceo and Dr. Detera in Sorsogon City

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.

<em>SIDE BY SIDE IN SACRIFICE AND TRIUMPH: the graduates of 2016 with their proud parents.</em>

SIDE BY SIDE IN SACRIFICE AND TRIUMPH: the graduates of 2016 with their proud parents.

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.”