Sangalang addresses 2016 CBSUA graduates

“Quo Vadis? (Where are you going?)”,  said Commission on Higher Education Commissioner Ruperto S. Sangalang to the graduates of the University as he served as the Commencement Speaker during the 87th Commencement Exercises of the University on April 19, 2016 at the Athletic Ground.

In his speech, Commissioner Sangalang expounded on the need for the graduates to continue learning to be able to compete with global demands in the work industry. He said that the competition for employment between the new graduates and the returning OFWs from Middle East, Japan and even US plays a vital role for unemployment; add to this is the lack of jobs to sustain the growing workforce. In order to stay and win in this competition for employment, Commissioner Sangalang advised the graduates to be abreast with the current events nationally and internationally, communicate their ideas especially in English, discuss issues, problems and concerns in detail; process knowledge and skills for the job; and be driven by excellence to work hard.

In the data presented by Commisioner Sangalang, he stated that our country cannot produce enough jobs to absorb workforce due to our growing population. Despite the country afflicted by serious problems on poverty, hunger and disease yet still our population continues to grow, adding close to two million people per year. In this regard, Commissioner Sangalang encouraged our graduates to focus on their careers after graduation, broaden their horizons and to not settle down for marriage as early as possible.

In closing, Commissioner Sangalang encouraged the graduates to have a dream, have fire in their hearts, be driven in the pursuit of their goals and be passionate to become the best that they can be.

The 87th Commencement Exercises graduated 714 candidates with 69 Cum Laude and 1 Academic Distinction recipients. The Class 2016 was headed by Jenmel R. Dayupay, Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Filipino; Class 2016 Valedictorian.