5,939 graduates take the stage in BU's 2019 ‘Graduation Week'

Tuesday April 23,2019

This year’s ‘Graduation Week’ concludes in Bicol University with a total 5,939 students across the university receiving their diplomas as members of BU’s Batch 2019. The series of commencement exercises took place as follows: the BU Main, Daraga and East Campuses last April 06, the BU Polangui Campus last April 08, BU Tabaco Campus on April 10, BU College of Agriculture and Forestry on April 11, and the BU Gubat Campus last April 12.

With the theme “Sustaining Gains, Building Milestones”, this event saw the culmination of years of scholastic endeavour of students from across the university. BU’s graduating batch of 2019 is composed of 5,909 degree graduates and 30 non-degree graduates, including 779 cum laude, 30 graduates with academic distinction, seven magna cum laude, twelve outstanding graduates.

First in this series of commencement exercises, the 49th Commencement Exercises in Legazpi City last April 06 was participated by 3,637 degree graduates and 24 non-degree graduates. Aside from the graduates, the ceremony also honoured 6 magna cum laude, 564 cum laude, and 24 students with academic distinction.

The ceremony took place at the Bicol University Sports Complex and was attended by Taiwan’s National University of Kaohsiung (NUK) President Dr. Leon Shyue-Liang Wang as the invited commencement speaker.

The next commencement exercise was the 39th Commencement Exercises of the BU Polangui Campus, which took place last April 08 at the BUPC Gymnasium. The event was participated by BUPC’s 940 degree graduates, including eight cum laude and one graduate with academic distinction.

As the invited commencement speaker in BUPC, Mrs. Jean Margaret Lim Goldbourn, founder and president of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, addressed those in attendance of the graduation ceremony.

On April 10, it was the BU Tabaco Campus’ (BUTC) graduating batch of 2019’s turn to take the stage and claim their diplomas during their 49th Commencement Exercises, held at the BUTC Lagman Auditorium. BUTC’s class of 2019 was composed of 467 degree graduates and six non-degree graduates, including 33 cum laude.

Imparting her wisdom and giving the BUTC graduates a motivational boost was commencement speaker Dr. Elenita L. Tan, the Regional Director of the Professional Regulation Commission of Region 5.

BU Gubat Campus (BUGC) then held their 16th Commencement Exercises on April 11 at the Gubat National High School (GNHS) Multi-purpose Hall. During the event, BUGC took pride on their class of 2019 composed of 417 degree graduates, including one magna cum laude, 64 cum laude, and one graduate with academic distinction.

Inspiring the graduates in their students during the graduation ceremony was their commencement speaker Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar, the National Director of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Agricultural Research.

Last but not the least, the BU College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) in Guinobatan conducted their 49th Commencement Exercises last April 12 at their BUCAF Commencement Grounds. BUCAF’s graduating batch of 2019 was composed of 458 degree graduates, including eight cum laude and one graduate with academic distinction.

The graduation ceremony in BUCAF was participated by BGen. Charito B. Plaza, the Director General of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, as the invited commencement speaker.

Throughout this year’s series of commencement exercises, each event was attended by BU’s key officials, namely BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, the University Vice-Presidents, and the various deans and directors of Bicol University.