Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañnon Jr. will be conferred a Doctorate Degree in Public Administration (honoris causa) when the Northern Negros College of Science and Technology holds its 14 th Commencement Exercises at the NONESCOST main campus in Sagay City 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
NONESCOST Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Myrna Danas said about 1,200 will graduate from 12 programs of the state college, including the ladderized and terminal courses accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, a press release from the Capitol said.
Commission on Higher Education Commissioner. Nona Ricafort will keynote the graduation rites, on the theme, “NONESCOST at 15: Moving Together Toward Borderless, Life-long and Universal Science and Technology Education”, Danas said.
NONESCOST is headed by Dr. Romulo. Sisno, who succeeded Dr. Rogelio Artajo, under whose term the school was granted the Anglo Japanese American Award or the AJA ISO 9001-2008 Certificate.
Maranon, whose four-decade public service career highlight included the establishment of NONESCOST as a barangay high school, saw through the elevation of the secondary institution into a municipal to city school, and as an extension campus of the Iloilo School of Fisheries or ISCOF prior to its conversion as a state college, the press release said.
During his years as mayor of Sagay, Marañon had pushed for the growth of the educational institution and when he became congressman representing the Second District, he authored a bill granting state college status to the school, it also said.
NONESCOST was established under Republic Act No. 8448, signed into law in 1998.
Over the last decade and four years, Danas recounted, NONESCOST is now regarded as one of the leading nursing schools in the region, particularly when three of its graduates -- Regalado Claro Aguhayon of Calatrava (85 percent) , Ma. Ella Muriel Valdevieso of Victorias (84.40 percent) and Ryan Cotejo de los Santos, Calatrava (84 percent) -- landed in the Top 10 with rankings of fourth, seventh and ninth places, respectively, in the December 2012 Nursing Licensure Examinations.
With the NLE showing of its Cadiz campus extension, NONESCOST was ranked No. 1 among nine nursing schools in Negros Occidental, and No. 2 in the whole of Western Visayas, the press release said.
Its passing mark was higher than the national leve - 91.38 percent for first-takers and 78.08 percent to include the second-takers, while the national passing rate was only 34.46 percent, the press release added.*