To our guest speaker, Dr. Virginia D. Akiate, board of trustees, college deans, academic and non-academic personnel, our dear faculty members, alumni, guardians and parents, a blessed afternoon to you all.
To my batchmates, congratulations to all of us! We made it! Finally, our most awaited moment has arrived. This is the perfect time to celebrate the fruits of our hard work from the past years. I know how we went through a lot of challenges which molded us to become who we are today. It was never easy for us. From the first day we set foot in our campus when we had to walk a kilometer or so, and transfer from one public transportation to another in order to get there on time, and then fall in line at the registrar’s office while patiently waiting to have our registration forms stamped with “ENROLLED.” During our first day of classes, we meet our classmates who will then become our friends. Our professors who created a huge impact that changed our mindset toward other things in life and lessons that we will always keep in our hearts and in our minds through this lifetime. I know that we all had sleepless nights because of the research papers, culminating activities, unannounced quizzes and long exams that we all need to finish in order to get to the next semester. But before we can do that, another test of patience will come our way – accomplishing our clearance forms – wherein we need to come back and forth to secure all the signatories and be able to undergo the same exhausting enrollment process. However, that process taught us how to value our time and enjoy the rough ride because these processes are all part of character building and personality development – grace under pressure as what they say. That is just one of the traits I learned from our beloved alma mater.
It was on 2013 when I enrolled at Divine Mercy College Foundation, Inc., and it was all on the influence of my brother. Unfortunately, because of financial hardships, I had to quit school and just look after the family’s daily needs for two years. I remember when I was in school, I was just a typical student who never really aced on anything. I never get the chance to be a part of a star section. But I had my first medal back when I was in third year high school – I became the first honor in the class. I do not have a lot of good memories except for being one of the writers for our school paper during my elementary and high school days, I knew I loved writing. Every time I write, I am able to express myself better, much better as compared to when I speak, especially in front of a large crowd like this. Believe me, I have a lot of butterflies in my stomach right now. When I became a volunteer teacher for Children’s Ministry for five years, I learned how to teach children between four and 12 years old. Being with them made me realized that I can speak well in front of people, and I am not my old self anymore. But of course, they are kids, and you are all adults. (( But they have inspired me to aim for more, get out of my comfort zone, embrace the challenges, and explore the entire world ahead of me. I knew I had to do it because they all look up to me and I believe that I needed to set an image that will serve a good pattern for them. That early, I saw myself molding the future of those kids and ensuring that they will all become dreamers and doers to attain success. And later on, I found myself working so hard to become an educator. It was during the time when I had to quit school that I realized how important education is. Truly, education is the only thing that no one could ever take away from you. So, when I had the chance to go back to school, I promised myself that I will become the better version of me and I will do everything to achieve what my heart and soul desire – that is, to become successful.
My stay here at Divine Mercy College Foundation Inc. has taught me to become more patient, humble, and faithful to God. I know that I will be able to achieve my dreams and continue with the journey no matter what. We all worked hard to get to where we are now and we all need to work harder beginning tomorrow. Why? It is because starting tomorrow, we are not only working for ourselves but for our loved ones, too. We all have different stories to tell but we surely have one thing in common – we want to secure our future and to provide better lives for our family and all the people around us. Let us not stop dreaming because those dreams are what we are going to reach for. Start believing that we can and we will do everything to achieve what we all aim for – SUCCESS!!
To our guest speaker, Dr. Virginia D. Akiate, thank you for sharing a very inspiring and motivating message that we will always remember. Rest assured that in times of hardships, we will always go back to what you’ve taught us today.
To the board of trustees, college deans, academic and non-academic personnel who made sure that we will be nurtured fully with “quality Christian Education” and become globally competitive professionals, thank you very much to all of you!
To our dear professors, we salute you for imparting the best of your knowledge, extending your patience, teaching us humility, and motivated us to be the excellent learner the best way we can.
To our friends and classmates, thank you for being each other’s support system. Things would have been more difficult if we don’t have each other to give light on the dark spots. Let’s promise to keep the friendship ‘till the end of time.
Then of course, to our parents and guardians, thank you for your 101% support!! We will not be here today if not for your hard work, patience, kindness, and love for us – we love you..
Above all, to our Almighty God. He never failed to guide us on the best path that we could be. We shall honor His power over our lives in doing the best that we can in this lifetime. Let us dedicate everything that we do to glorify Him. Today is the day that He has made for us, and through prayers, anything and everything is possible. Let’s all give ourselves a round of applause!! Congratulations batch 2019! God bless us all!