MSU Tawi-Tawi holds simple recognition ceremony for 7 academic awardees

Seven (7) members of the Graduating Class were honored in a simple ceremony today at the Henry V. Kong Gymnasium as they finished their academic journey with distinction as Cum Laudes of their batch. 

The Commencement Ceremony for the Graduating Class of 2020 has been indefinitely postponed due to the prohibition on mass gathering. However, the school administration decided to hold a simple ceremony in recognition of the graduates who are academic awardees and to turnover the financial assistance to the remaining students in the university. 

In her message, Chancellor Mary Joyce Z. Guinto-Sali conveyed her congratulations to the academic awardees for this year. She lamented the missed opportunity to meet the entire graduating class due to the pandemic and challenged them instead to use their achievements in helping the community. The Chancellor also commended the university constituents and said that pushing through today's program despite the restrictions to be observed is in itself a testimony to MSU TCTO's resilience and perseverance.

"This occasion is a fitting tribute to students who have excelled in their respective disciplines. You are champions in your own right. Champions dream big with wide open. Now you have realized your dreams after long years of sacrifice, taking on daunting challenges and beating against formidable odds. Looking back, remember and be grateful to those who have helped in making you what you have become now." 

"The MSU TCTO has cultivated in its learners a deep sense of patriotism and a firm adherence to a life of dignity and respect. We hope that you have imbibed the virtues of honor and excellence not only in your academic pursuits but also in your daily life. It is said that to whom much is given, much is required. Put your God-given talent to good use. Be engines of growth and prosperity in your communities. Help in the reduction of poverty and empowerment of the less fortunate," added by the Chancellor as she ended her message.

Leading the graduating class is Ms. Jecifer J. Sailama, who is conferred the honor of being the Class Marshal. The title of Class Marshal is given to a member of the graduating class who earned the highest grade point average (GPA). As cum laudes, the honorees received a medal and certificate, with a cash incentive of P10,000.

In her speech, Ms. Sailama recounts the uncertainties brought by 2020 yet remembering also the blessings that came with it.

"We are so grateful to Mindanao State University and Chancellor Joyce for the mass promotion of students, for the university's and local response to COVID-19, for the Oplan Moleh, and the photo opportunity that allowed us to show our graduation photos as Facebook profile pictures. Lastly, for the "Joyce", surprises and compassion: saludo po ang Batch COVID sa inyo."

"To my fellow awardees, let us be reminded that everything happens for a reason and we should let this reason serve as an instrument to renew our beliefs and principles in life. Stay humble, pray, trust the Almighty God, and live life to its fullest. In celebrating our success, let's remember that we should work as one, dream as one, and succeed as one in the name of humanity," said Ms. Sailama in her speech as the Class Marshal.

Chancellor Mary Joyce Z. Guinto-Sali led the distribution of the medals, certificates and cash incentives to the academic awardees and was assisted by Dr. Anabel A. Wellms, acting as Officer-in-charge of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. 

The other academic awardees, also cum laudes, were also honored today. Ms. Hazel Grace Troncoso was unable to attend due to travel restrictions. Awardees present today were:
1. Pangilan, April
2. Erilis, Fatima Nusarfa
3. Samimi, Laifa
4. Asedillas, Cynderhield
5. Sauragal, Urduja

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