A total of 1, 000 graduates marched and earned their diplomas during the Batangas State University’s 50th commencement exercises on September 14 at the Gov. Feliciano “Sanoy” Leviste Multipurpose Memorial Gymnasium, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City.
Dr. David Hall, RTI International Senior Technical Adviser for Economic Development led the ceremony as the guest of honor and speaker. Dr. Hall obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Design and Manufacture, with honors, from the Loughborough University at United Kingdom, where he also completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Control Engineering. With more than 25 years of experience in engineering, science, and technology, he has also served as a consultant to various Philippine higher education institutions, including BatStateU, in strengthening their academic and research capacities.
Dr. Hall reiterated on how various technologies change the world. “I would like to remind you [graduates] that this is not the end of the journey, this is in fact the beginning of the journey. You have a responsibility to try and work with changes to manage them for good, to do what Batangas State University is about which is to lead innovations and transform lives,” he expressed.
The speaker also imparted life lessons where he emphasized the importance of learning, unlearning and relearning which he believes the world is soon-to-be about. He urged the graduates to step forward and make a change for they have the power and knowledge to influence.
At the end of his commencement address, Dr. Hall dedicated a message of acknowledgement for the parents of the graduates recognizing their unwavering support and efforts.
“You [students] owe your parents the responsibility to go forward and make the world a better place” Dr. Hall remarked.
The BatStateU Board of Regents and the Executive Committee members headed by President Tirso A. Ronquillo awarded the plaque of recognition to Dr. Hall.
This year’s commencement theme is “Building the Nation through Innovative and Transformative Education”.