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BACCALAUREATE MESSAGE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, DR. JAIME V. CORTEZ TO THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2013

To the academic community assembled in this Chapel, ladies and gentlemen:


Good morning.


On this special occasion I would like to direct my message to the members of the graduating class of school year 2012-2013.


At the onset, my dear graduates, on behalf of the Administration of the University, I would like to salute you for reaching this important milestone in your lives and to say with all my heart, “Congratulations for the job well done.”


As you and your loved ones celebrate your achievement, may you not forget to thank God for entrusting to you this gift of college education. Yes, we are all but stewards given the responsibility to take care of God’s gifts ─ gifts that include our intelligence, talents, skills, abilities; indeed, the totality of everything we have and cherish.


For the profession that God gave you, what kind of steward will you be? Will you be a professional who will work for the good of society or will you be so preoccupied with the purely selfish motives of acquiring wealth, power, fame and prestige? Will you be faithful to the gospel in words and in deeds, or will you allow yourself to fall into the trap of systemic corruption and evil so pervasive in the outside world?


My dear graduates ─ to be a sinner or a saint ─ the choice is yours to make. Integrity is not so much what you are when people see you; integrity is what you do when you are alone.


Yet being alone is only a perception. In reality there is somebody up there who has always been and will always be with us. He sees us wherever we are and whatever we do. In fact, as he looks at us, he does not only see the outside; he sees our minds, our hearts, and the very core of our being, our spirits.


Holy Angel trusts that in your formative years in the University, you have acquired not only the competencies needed for the successful practice of your profession. More than this, it hopes that through the holistic education it has offered, you are ready to face the challenges of life and spell a difference in the socio-economic, political, technological, educational and religious milieu we are now into. And to top it all, it expects you to reflect the radiant face of Christ to our darkening world, making the most important commandment the centerpiece of your professional and personal life ─ to love God with all your heart, mind and soul, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself.


Graduates, again, Congratulations. Laus Deo semper. Praise be to God always.


Date Posted: 04-08-2013