Rep. Lobregat keynotes 1st WMSU-Curuan graduation PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 April 2014 11:28

Four years after it opened its doors to east coast tertiary students, the Curuan-Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) External Studies Unit Friday held its first graduation rites with District I Congressman Celso Lobregat as keynote speaker.

A total of 27 graduates with courses Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BEED) and Associate Computer Science (ACS) received their diplomas during the graduation rite that was also graced by WMSU President Dr. Milabel Ho, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Carla Ochotorena, Dean Ricardo Somblingo and Campus Coordinator Melody Deluta among others.

Cong. Lobregat took pride in the accomplishments of the graduates as he exhorted them to continue to look at the future with optimism. “Do not be afraid to live a full life. Take risks and grab opportunities. Life is what you make of it.”

Elucidating on the graduation theme “Soaring the Greater Heights of Academic Excellence”, Lobregat underscored the need to develop the attitude and the habit of being the best at whatever one does— be it at home, at school, or in the case of the graduates—their future jobs, so they can attain the aspirations in life.

Striving for excellence is a must, he said, as it is a quality that one needs to succeed in a society that has become highly competitive. “Never settle for anything less because you and your family deserve the best,” he stressed.

On the other hand, Lobregat who helped nurture and cultivate the WMSU External Studies unit, averred that the institution’s first commencement exercises Friday was the realization of a dream of the residents of Curuan and the neighboring barangays who clamored for the establishment of a tertiary institution in the barangay to make education accessible to young students.

He recalled that it was on March 9, 2010  during the celebration of the Curuan National High School Day when the school administration together with the General PTA and your Barangay Council including education and barangay officials from the Vitali district presented to him a resolution requesting intervention for the establishment of the External Studies Unit of WMSU starting school year 2010-2011 offering undergraduate courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and the two-year course in Associate Computer Science.

The unit was envisioned to cater to college students from Curuan and the neighboring villages of Calabasa, Quiniput, Latuan, Panubigan, Muti, Dita, Bolong, Sangali, Sibulao, Limaong, Tagasilay, Licomo, Tictapul, Bungiao, Tigbalabag, Mangusu, Quiniput, Tumitus and Vitali.

Upon receipt of the resolution, Lobregat, then the city mayor, immediately and strongly endorsed it to the WMSU Board of Regents. Several days after, the WMSY Board granted the opening of the Curuan campus that led to the signing of a memorandum of agreement in June 2010 formalizing the establishment of the unit.

Under the agreement, the city government will endeavor to provide the necessary infrastructure facilities necessary for the operation of the campus.

“Part of our obligation was the acquisition of 20 computer units for the exclusive use of the extension unit and which we turned over to WMSU in the early part of December that same year,” Lobregat said.

Together with the computer facilities, the city then also turned over the newly-constructed 3-storey 9 classroom building worth P8.19M and the newly-rehabilitated and improved school building worth P1.49 million. “It was our understanding that part of the newly-constructed 3-storey 9-classroom building will be utilized by the WMSU East Campus. And so the rest is history—today we celebrate the graduation of the first batch of WMSU East Campus students,” the District I representative added. — Rey Carbonel