Bacolod City College held its 13th commencement exercises Thursday with deputy secretary general of the House of Representatives and dean of San Beda College Graduate School, Ramon Ricardo Roque, as guest speaker.
Roque told the graduating class that with the right attitude, serious determination, and fearless dream, their college diploma is a formidable foundation in creating a future they want for themselves and their families.
He also advised them that it is best to have a strong character for, with it, they are bound to gain real happiness and achieve true success.
“In the end of our immortal life, it is better to die poor but rich in character; than die a rich man, but with a shattered character,” Roque said.
He also urged the BCC educators to continue with their mission of preparing the youth for a better future, not only for themselves and their families, but for the country.
BCC graduated about 700 students this year.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, chairman of the BCC Board, said this is the first time ever they held the graduation ceremonies of BCC at the Bacolod Government Center grounds.
He said he felt sentimental while on his way to the government center because this will probably be the last time he will address the BCC graduates, since on June 30, he will be graduating as Mayor of Bacolod.
Leonardia took the opportunity to thank the students and their parents for the honor and privilege they gave him on being elected as Mayor for four terms, making him the longest-serving mayor of Bacolod with a total of 12 years, and, at the same time, bade them farewell.
He recalled that there were only 135 students when the BCC started in 1997 and the enrolment had grown so fast that, at present, there are already about 3,523 enrolees.
He also said that since BCC started, it has already graduated 5,547 students.
Its tuition started at only P30 per unit and, as he had promised, it will remain at that for as long as he is Mayor of Bacolod, he said, adding that it has the most affordable but quality education.*CGS