Pangasinan school sets new record of college grads

DAGUPAN CITY, April 11 (PIA) — The Pangasinan State University (PSU) set a new record for the highest number of graduates this year forcing officials to hold a two-part graduation ceremony last week.

Graduation ceremonies were held twice, in the morning and in the afternoon, to accommodate some 3, 024 students who graduated from the PSU’s eight campuses.

Dr. Manolito Manuel, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, said that the number of graduates for academic year 2013 was a record breaker, leading the university to stage for the first time a two-part graduation ceremony in a day.

The morning event included graduates from PSU campuses in Asingan, Bayambang, San Carlos City, Sta. Maria and Urdaneta City.

Dr. Francisco Duque III, chair of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), served as the commencement speaker for the first batch of graduates.

Duque exhorted the graduates to have passion in whatever career they intend to pursue and encouraged them to take up another course after they graduate as this would give them better opportunities.

Graduates from the campuses in Binmaley, Infanta and Lingayen as well as the PSU’s Graduate School, Open University Systems and Expanded Tertiary Education, Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) took part in the afternoon activity.

Luisita “Luchi” Cruz-Valdez, head of TV 5’s News and Public Affairs, was the commencement speaker in the afternoon rites.

She challenged the graduates to face the change in the modern world and advised them to continue learning and living out God’s purpose in their lives.

Duque was conferred a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree while Valdez was bestowed a Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) degree.

During the graduation ceremony, 42 honor graduates from the campuses of Bayambang (32), Lingayen (5), Binmaley (2), San Carlos City (2) and Urdaneta City (1) received their certificates of eligibility awarded by the CSC Field Office in Lingayen town. (MCA/AM-PIA1, Pangasinan)#

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