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Graduation Exercises Address 2

Graduation Exercises Address 2

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Published by: Danilo Magallanes Sampaga on Feb 05, 2012
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My dear Graduates, Parents, distinguished Guests, Members of the Faculty,ladies and gentlemen««.Good evening..
In as much as our country has provided you with this specialopportunity, you are duty-bound, upon your graduation, to devoteall your knowledge to the betterment of our nation. What isexpected of you is not academic achievement alone. In fact, as it isat the expense of your parents that you have been educated, whatis expected from you is commensurate with the extent of your knowledge. Education is not an end in itself, but an aid to assist youto distinguish between good and evil, between the harmful and theuseful. Academic attainment, untested by practical experience,does not put one in any better position than that of the uneducated.Higher education entails comparatively higher responsibility or obligation.The purpose of university training is to produce people capable ofachieving the progress and advancement of the nation. People ofsuch caliber are expected to possess deep insight, high academicdiscipline and intellectual zeal to crave and search for truth, to knownot only the causes but also effective remedies for any ills that affectthe society. Unless one is guided by such noble objectives ² to know,not only the maladies and how to expound them in vain words butalso to present effective solutions and accomplish them ² thepossession of degrees alone does not classify anyone as fullyeducated. This is particularly so at this period, crowded as it is withcontinuous change and improvement. Moreover, since our educational system is essentially based upon the experience of other countries, the impact of modernization could create contradictionsin our long-standing Filipino traditions. We can only lay a sure andstable foundation towards rapid progress for Africa if we foresee theconsequences of every step in its true aspect, and try to applyeffective and appropriate methods to the problems of eachcountry.We have never failed to observe this approach in all stages ofachievement in the past. The very valid proof of this is that, althoughit is more than a decade since institutions of higher learning havebeen established in the Philippines, there has always been sound co-operation between the administrative bodies and the students. Thebasis of this co-operation has been a collective effort for thecommon goal, the interest of the country always paramount. In the
future also, it is our wish and determination that all higher studies shallbe coordinated and guided by this University. Philippines isendeavoring, like many other countries, to achieve a high stage oftechnological progress. In this period of concentrated effort, shecannot afford to be handicapped by trivial problems based onselfish motives.....The world today has become oriented to science, which hasdeveloped and progressed to a remarkable extent. Apart from thewill of the Almighty, in this 21th Century peace is determined by thewill of the technologically advanced nations which dominate thesentiments of mankind by this privileged position. Intent on freeingthemselves from such fear and insecurity, developing countries areusing the level of progress of these advanced nations as the yard-stick of their own progress. Developing nations, however, must firstattain the basic standard of civilization by stamping out illiteracythrough mass education. To be able to provide mass education, co-operation, peaceful co-existence and dedication to the commongood are needed; because to arrive at higher scientificachievement, one has to discipline one·s mental attitude and work with the aim of being the recipient of true knowledge.So far, the continuous cooperation of our people and the smallcadre of elite we have produced have enabled us to devisesuccessful short-cuts in guiding our country towards the goal ofprogress. One such method was, side by side with educationalexpansion, to launch simultaneously more than one programme ofdevelopment, by acquiring the services of skilled foreign experts andestablishing industrial and other development schemes, withoutwaiting until we had our own qualified experts. This University, whichtoday is granting you your degrees and diplomas, is in itself the fruitof such combined effort which we have made in the past.You also know that to be able to have our own qualified peopleeven before establishing local institutions of higher learning, we havebeen sending students abroad for advanced studies, and that thereare many who have come back, and are rendering disinterestedservice to their country. One of the many fundamental purposes for which we have established this University is to have a greater number of qualified people who will augment the efforts of thosealready in services and of those who will come in the future, and,thus, to have a larger corps of trained people not completelydivorced from our traditional heritage. Although a few learnedpeople of our own are returning from foreign lands, we haveforeseen and are convinced that our country·s pace of progress
can only be accelerated if there is a high influx of educated Filipinoat one and the same time.Economically also, the expenditure needed to help a single studentthrough higher studies abroad is quite sufficient to train a number ofstudents locally. The reason why higher studies on a large scale wereimpossible in the past was mainly this: foreign training was veryexpensive. But we believe that it is clear to everyone that theestablishment of our own University will give us great and valuableopportunities for expanding higher education in the Philippines. Inaddition to this, it has a significant economic contribution, in that ithelps us to save foreign exchange which we need for investment inother fields by avoiding the transfer of money abroad to finance our students studying in foreign lands. You most probably know thatthere are many great men produced in their own home institutionsof higher learning.In as much as higher education needs much money, theexpansion of higher learning is one of the major problems facingdeveloping and economically poor countries. Hence it can be saidthat their pace of development is highly determined by this singlefactor. In the case of Philippines ² the only bearer of the torch offreedom for the rest of Asia the past ² to prove that she is not behindin the pursuit of modern education also, she is obliged to giveopportunity of access to education not only to a few but to as manyas possible. To this end, We are also quite aware that one university isnot enough but many universities must be established in the future.The establishment of our own University is an effective aid incombining modern education with our noble traditions. Accordingly,it is our earnest desire that this University shall jealously guard thewealth of our heritage and pass it on to the succeeding generationwith all its richness and glory as reflected in modern education.We say this with the understanding that any foreign training notassessed in the light of one·s long-standing traditions, is detrimentalto the well-being of the individual and the country, and in no wayuseful. We are confident, therefore, that this University will produceuseful citizens by inculcating these views in the minds of its students.University training entails deep research and intensive studies. Anyresearch should be related to the requirements and conditions of our country. We are very optimistic that there are many historicallyvaluable things to be discovered. The students of this University areparticularly lucky to be of school age at this particular time, and it is

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