GRADUATION EXERCISES ADDRESS
DANILO M. SAMPAGA, LLB.
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