Beloved, Gifted and Empowered: Seniors shine in SBC-SHS’s 2nd Commencement Exercise

Karol Mari Ebreo

Second batch of the Senior High School Level shine in their 2nd Commencement Exercises with the theme “Bridgetine in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered” held at the SBC Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium, April 16.

               319 candidates for graduation were welcomed as they marched down the aisle followed by the SBC SHS Faculty, staff, maintenance, SBC Administrators, and the Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS) sisters.

                Rev. Fr. Randy Marquez, OSJ presided the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and also blessed the candidates for graduation, their diplomas, and their awards.

               While the entrance of colors was executed by select Grade 11 students followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

                Presentation of candidates for graduation was performed by Dr. Dolores D. Borras, SHS Principal and was followed by the confirmation of graduates carried out by Dr. Victoria G. Fababier, School Governance and Operation Division Chief from the Department of Education.

               Afterwards, the graduates were given their diploma, the fruit of their labor during their SHS years as they were presented by their respective strand coordinator, Mr. Angelito Jareño for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand, Mrs. Grace Contreras for the Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) strand, and Ms. Daisy Aguda for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strand. Moreover, students who contributed in promoting excellence in various fields and who worked tirelessly to win and garner honors for the school were acknowledged during the conferring of the Non-Academic awards such as Social Apostolate Award, Leadership Award, Participation in School Affairs, Institutional Culture and Arts Program(ICAP) Award of Merit and Cultural Leadership Award. There were presented by the Student Affairs Coordinator, Mrs. Geraldine Vergara and were given by Sr. Mary Clare Bagot, RGS, the School President together with Dr. Dolores D. Borras. The awardees were accompanied by their parents/guardians in receiving their respective awards.

                Academic Excellence Awards were also handed over to graduates who have attained the required proficiency and have maintained high scholastic performance. The said awards include Math Achiever Award, Science Achiever Award, Best in Arts Award, Best Research Award, Best Innovation Award and Best in Work Immersion.

               Furthermore, 92 students received the title of “With Honors” while eight students were awarded with the title of “With High Honors.”

               A message of gratitude was delivered by Mark Jolo Mendoza, With High Honors, followed by the oath-taking of the graduates led by Claire Bathan, With High Honors.

               Singing of the graduation song came next along with the induction of the graduates as new member of the St. Bridget College Alumni Association (SBCAA) which was facilitated by the SBCAA President, Dr. Ana Maria Clara Palacios.

               Before leaving the blue gate, SBC hymn was sung by the graduates that was succeeded by the exit of colors and the recessional march of the graduates making the end of the celebration.