CCJEF Students Earned Stripes

College of Criminal Justice Education and Forensics

October 17, 2023

In a remarkable ceremony that combined tradition, unity, and a commitment to leadership, all the students from the College of Criminal Justice Education and Forensics (CCJEF) Criminology and Forensic Science Department came together for the uniform and epaulette ceremony held last October 13, 2023, at the University Theather, embracing the theme "Earned Stripes: A Pledge of Unity and Embracing Leadership and Responsibility." The event marked a significant step in their academic journey, symbolizing their dedication to criminology and forensic science.  

The ceremony began with a warm welcome from the CCJEF Dean, Dr. Niño M. Kabiling. He expressed his pride in the students' accomplishments and emphasized the importance of their future roles in maintaining law and order. In how own words, “Today, you take a significant step towards becoming the guardians of justice, and your journey begins by earning these stripes. It's not just a uniform; it's a symbol of responsibility and commitment." 

All CCJEF students, dressed in immaculate white and stunning blue uniforms, received their well-earned epaulettes. Additionally, the 3rd and 4th Year students received their department pins. The epaulettes, bearing their respective year level, represented the knowledge and authority they would soon carry. 

The Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Al D. Biag, underscored the significance of the ceremony. “Epaulette is a rite of passage you so joyfully anticipated because you have worked hard. As you receive them, I want to remind you of the privilege and responsibilities this badge of honor brings you—three messages: (1) Earn stripes. What you receive today is a product of your hard work. (2) Epaulette is a tangible manifestation that you unite with the values it represents. (3) Embracing responsibility and leadership.”

As the ceremony concluded, students, faculty, and families celebrated this pivotal moment in the students' lives. The unity and pride that filled the Theater were palpable, signaling a bright future for the criminology and forensic science students.