Prez confers 247 graduates, 35 honorees
By Elmer James Bandol
LEGAZPI CITY (BicolToday.com/11-April-2012) – CHARRIEVI NIDEA BANDOL, a registered nurse who finished her master’s degree in nursing with flying colors, was among the 35 honorees who marched with 247 graduates during the commencement exercises of Bicol University (BU) Graduate School held March 28, 2012 at the Concourse Convention Center here.
Honoring excellence instead, the absence of politician who may apt graduation season for an early election campaign was observed, thanks to the erratic weather as “plan B” preparations utilized said Dr. Faye Lea Patria Mata Lauraya, BU president who did the conferment of degrees to the graduates and spoke as commencement speaker.
The hall was too crowded for parents, guests, alumni, school officials, relatives and loved ones of the graduating students and seats were not enough for them. The big occasion should have been done smoothly at the university ground with different atmosphere perhaps had it not for the “uncooperative” weather that day. “There are many plans in a man’s heart, but the Lord’s plan prevails” Lauraya said in her opening statement.
As the awarding ceremony went on, a parent standing about an hour in the guests’ area was heard saying in jest: “It’s okay for me to stay here without a seat and continue standing because my daughter is outstanding”, a semantic expression how proud parents could bear the sacrifices for the education of their children.
CHARRIEVI, as she is fondly called, is one of the seven outstanding graduates in nursing masters’ level under the adviser of Dr. Maria de la Cruz. Before honoring her in the ceremony, for her thesis defense she faced the panelists composed of: Dr. Fe L. Binalingbing, chairman; and Dr. Elena Barela; Prof. Esther Valladolid & Dr. Angelo Colina as members. She received an almost perfect grade of 98.2 per cent for her thesis.
A consistent honor student from elementary, high school up to her post graduate course, CHARRIEVI earned Magna Cum Laude in finishing her BS Computer Science at Aquinas University in 1999 and BS in Nursing at Immaculate Conception College, Daraga, Albay in 2009. She passed the licensure examinations for nurses both here and US..
CHARRIEVI is a computer wizard presently employed as administrative officer assigned at the office of Albay Vice-Gov. Harold O. Imperial and the youngest in the four siblings of husband and wife, Edwin A. Bandol and Azucena Nidea Bandol now residing in the US. It could have been an immense occasion for her family despite distance, however, the use of the internet the honor handed by the university reached them via social network and bicoltoday.com.
According to Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ellen M. Llenaresas, BU is the only state university given the international standard certificate for its world-class management. It has the highest population of enrollees this year. She charged it to the university president now on her second term.
Among the 209 who finished master’s degree, 37 graduates belong to Master of Public Administration, Major in Health Emergency & Disaster Management (HEDM), the course with the biggest enrollment followed by Master of Arts in Education with 24; Master in Nursing 21; Master of Arts in Education Leadership & Management, 16; Master of Arts in Public Administration, 13; Master in Management, 12; Master of Arts in Industrial Education, 11; Master of Arts in Peace & Security Studies, 9; Master of Arts in English Education, 8; Master in Economics, 6; Master in Public Administration, 6;Master of Arts in Nursing, 6; Master in Filipino Education, 5; Master in Management (non-thesis), 5; Master of Arts in Physical Education, 4; Master of Arts in Reading Education, 4;Master in Science Teaching, Major in General Science, 3; Master of Arts in Biology Education, 2; Master in Physics Education, 2;Master of Arts in Music Education, 2; and I for Master in Social Studies Education; Master of Arts in Chemistry Education; Master of Arts in Educational Management; Master of Arts in Literature; Master of Science in Architecture; Master in English Education (non-thesis) and Diploma in Local Government Management.
Meanwhile of the 37 graduates in doctoral degree, 10 came from Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership & Management; eight from Doctor of Education Major in Educational Management; eight from Doctor of Philosophy in Filipino; five from Doctor of Philosophy in Peace and Security Administration; three in Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Foundation; two in Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration; and one from Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education.
The singing of graduation song adopted from Bruno Mars’ Today My Life Begins has opened part three of the program which paved the way for the 40th founding anniversary of BU Graduate School by giving awards to outstanding alumni. (Elmer James Bandol/BicolToday.com)
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