Batch 2018 pledges to cherish legacy in 70th commencement exercises

     With hearts overflowing with gratitude and joy, Batch 2018 pledged to cherish legacy as they bade adieu in the 70th commencement exercises held at SBC Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium, May 26.

Ignited by the theme “Children of God: Journeying Together in Discipleship,” Batch 2018 was applauded with its roster of awardees in the field of leadership, service and academic excellence.

For the academic awards, Avegale Maranan, Romo Sanvictores, and Donavie Vergara, all BSEd, and Andrea Cena, BSSW, emerged as Cum Laude.

On the other hand, for the non-academic awards, medal for SBC Bayanihan Award for Active Participation in Extra Curricular Activities was given to Donavie Vergara, BSEd. Certificates for Leadership Award were given to Donavie Vergara, BSEd, Rosalie Ilao, BEEd, Christian Jay Bahala and Gerson Macalalad, both BSBA.

Lea Chariz Castillo, BSEd, merited a medal for St. Mary Euphrasia Award for her consistent rendering of generous and dedicated service to the school and wider community. Larisa Mae Agtay, BSEd, also received a medal for SBC Loyalty Award.

All BSIT students were given certificates in special recognition in the field of information technology as Microsoft Office Word Specialists. Christine Mae De Torres, earned the title Microsoft Technology Associate: Networking Fundamentals.

Meanwhile, plaque for SBC Service Award presented to faculty and staff who rendered outstanding service and loyalty was given to Mrs. Wennie Medina, Business Program Chairperson. Mrs. Filipina Macaraeg, Human Resource Management and Development Officer, Engr. Leonardo Pedraja, Information Technology Program Chairperson, and Mr. Esteban Robles, MIS Officer, received certificates.

The ceremony started with a mass presided by Rev. Fr. Anthony Carlo Esteron. In his homily, he emphasized that Bridgetine graduates should always exemplify SBC values which means Simplicity, Blessing to others and Courage.

“As you step into a higher level of your study or work, you will all be dared to ‘let your light shine’ brightly as bearers of excellence in generating contemporary knowledge that would benefit others towards social transformation. Your guiding words should be; faith and service. Your commitment should be to ‘being’ a resource for the church and the nation,” asserted Sr. Mary Clare Bagot, RGS, school president as she challenged the graduates in their future endeavour.

Dr. Lea C. Aquino, Public School District Supervisor of District 1 under Division of Batangas City and an SBC alumna, served as the guest speaker. In her inspirational message, she pressed a call to the students to be like St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier.

Using the initials S-MARY-E, she reminded the graduates to let the light from God Shine to others, Mind yourself and focus on your own life and career, always have an Attitude, Respect your colleagues, be Yourself and continue to bear Excellence while moving forward to the real world.

“From this day forward, let us make each decision with our best interests in mind. Let us believe in ourselves so that we may reach our goals and fulfill our dreams as Bridgetine graduates. We’ve already taken the first step by making it up to this day. Now, it’s time to take the next steps in the journey to build our future. The future is truly in our hands, so let’s make the most of it,” delivered Donavie Vergara, BSEd, cum laude, commending and challenging her fellow graduates to uphold and radiate legacy of excellence during her response.

Romo Sanvictores, BSEd, cum laude, steered the graduates’ oath taking. Dra. Ana Maria Clara Palacios, SBC Alumni Association President, led the Alumni Oath Taking together with the graduates.

Another highlight of the event was the joyous singing of the graduation songs entitled “A Million Dreams” by Ziv Zaifman, “Pangarap Nating Tagumpay” written by Ma. Hilda Arcega, BSEd, and Bridgetine song.


Donavie Vergara, BSEd4