MESSAGE for the 2015 Commencement Exercises from Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.
2015 Commencement Exercises
Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.
Congratulations to our dear graduates!
Your university graduation is one of the most important milestones in your life. It is the conclusion of years of hard work in fulfilling the requirements of your degree. You surely have stories to tell: stories on struggling to meet expectations, near-misses, rejections, perhaps even failures. In UPLB, academic excellence is a bar that has been set high, rightfully so because as UP students, much has been given to you by our fellow Filipinos. As the saying goes, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required.”
As an Iskolar ng Bayan, your tuition has been subsidized by the Filipino people regardless of your STFAP classification. This is a fact that every UPLB graduate must remember. For excellence is not only a promise you made between your loved ones, but a vow you pledged to fulfil to your country and the Filipino people. Let this vow inspire you to make a difference in the lives of our people as you embark on a new phase of existence.
Apart from aspiring for academic excellence, as a national university, UPLB instills and promotes public service among its constituents. This commitment is explicit in the UP Charter of 2008 and reinforced in UPLB’s vision of becoming a globally competitive research and graduate university that contributes to national development. The idea has most likely been mentioned or introduced to you during your stay in UPLB. Nevertheless, allow me to remind you before you leave UPLB.
Your graduation confirms your identity as an Iskolar Para Sa Bayan. Iskolar Para Sa Bayan aptly captures an orientation, a mindset, a will of public service. Public service is not a narrow path limited to careers in government or civil society, albeit we encourage you to take such road less traveled. I want you to think of public service more deeply and broadly as a variety of opportunities to dedicate one’s self to others. You may be working in the private sector as a manager, scientist, innovator, an entrepreneur, or an industry leader. But if you have embraced the true meaning of public service, your compassion to make your fellow Filipinos’ lives better will find its way into your future, regardless of your calling. This is the kind of public service that I hope sticks with you after UPLB.
I am certain that you will emerge as future public servants and leaders in your own ways, much like Dr. Romulo G. Davide, a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and this year’s commencement speaker. With Dr. Davide on the stage as you receive your diplomas, I hope your memories of UPLB and your graduation will always be marked by an image of an Iskolar Para Sa Bayan who kept his vow to use his expertise to help Filipinos and his nation.
May honor and excellence continue to motivate you as you serve others beyond the university.
Again, congratulations, UPLB graduates!