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Academic Recognition Programs for the President's List and the Deans' Lists

To our University President, Dr. Arlyn Villanueva; Fellow Administrators and Members of the Faculty, Honor Students, Parents and Guardians, Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good morning.

Welcome to the Academic Recognition Program – a semestral convocation honoring students who excelled in their studies in the previous academic term. This exercise is the University’s way to say, “Well done, our dear students. Congratulations and keep up the good work.”

Today, you reap what you have sown. I presume that you have sown so much time and effort, both in quantity and quality, in your respective studies. You have worked under a regimen of strict personal discipline – putting your mind and keeping your heart in your academic endeavors, perhaps limiting or even sacrificing your so-called gimmicks, social networking or even late night TV viewing. Don’t you worry – the Facebook, the acoustic nights at Wishing Well and El Potro, and the PBB Teen Edition can wait. Nevertheless, as pointed out in the Sunday gospel, let us not also forget the importance of rest, for it is in this time that we are rejuvenated to perform even better when we resume our studies and work.

My wish for you is to make it to the President’s List or the Dean’s List, not only last semester or this semester, but until graduation day.

In your commencement exercises, may you climb up this stage as a Cum Laude, a Magna cum Laude, or perhaps a Summa cum Laude.

To do so, you have to develop good habits as a student. Following the list of Steven Corey in his classic 1990 book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” (1) Be proactive, not reactive. (2) Begin with the end in mind, setting clear, verifiable and challenging goals. (3) Put things first by giving priority to what counts most. (4) This win/win – attaining your goal without sacrificing another. (5) Seek first to understand, then to be understood – being superior not only in IQ but also in EQ. (6) Synergize – blending your talents with the talents of others such that 1 + 1 is no longer equal to 2, but becomes 3 or more, and (7) Sharpen the saw by constantly seeking self-improvement, making good things better, and better things, best.

In closing, may I add an 8th habit which is probably the most important of all, that is, to put God first in everything you do. In the Lord’s own words, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Congratulations and good day.

Date Posted: 07-22-2012