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To our Acting President, Engr. Geromin T. Nepomuceno, Jr., fellow workers in the University, honor students, parents and guardians, ladies and gentlemen:

Good morning and welcome to the Academic Recognition Program honoring the members of the President’s List and Dean’s List in all of the University’s Colleges during the First Semester of School Year 2014-2015.

This convocation is the Administration’s tribute to our students who have concretized the University’s quest for academic excellence, as nobly enshrined in her Vision Statement. It is also our way of congratulating the parents ─ our partners in education ─ for their untiring dedication and support to the schooling of their children.

My dear honorees, by making it to this prestigious list, it is no doubt that you have manifested a very commendable academic performance. We are proud of your achievements and we encourage you to keep up the good work, if not do even better.

But as you prosper academically, we challenge you to grow in your other faculties as well. Our Mission Statement reminds us that our ultimate goal is the development of the whole person in the service of man for the greater glory of God.

Development of the whole person is not confined to the mind; it should also stir the heart and the hands. As Pope Francis pointed out beautifully in his recent conversation with the youth, education should not only be about thinking, but also about feeling and doing.

On the question of what is the most important subject that one should learn in a university, the Pope had this to say: “to learn how to love,” for true enough, “education is not meant just to accumulate information without knowing what to do with it, but through love, that information should bear fruit.”

As it has been often said, “To them who were given much, much is also expected in return.” You were given a high level of intelligence. The expectation is for you to use this gift to love, especially the last, the least and the lost in our society, and in so doing, translate your bright ideas into positive action that will redound to the common good.

Again, Congratulations. Laus Deo semper.

Date Posted: 02-03-2015