Graduation in a Time of Lent
April 2nd, 2009 posted by raul agner under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

Graduation in a Time of Lent

That the graduation rites for this second semester of school year 2008-2009 falls within Christendom’s holiest week is a coincidence replete with symbolism.
Those who went through the crucible of college education know that earning a degree is no walk in the park. It is in fact a kind of agony of the body, mind and soul that the student has to go through, often peaking in a crucifixion of sorts when the going gets really, really rough. Exams, projects, theses, numerous requirements, terror teachers, you name it, they bring in all sorts of pain – including that which causes parents’ wallets to go anorexic. Thus not a few fail to reach the finish line, like runners that burn out along the way, mainly because of financial problems; which should make those who succeed feel fortunate and grateful that their dreams have been attained.
Graduation, therefore, is some kind of resurrection, a glorious moment. Not that anybody has died while pursuing a degree but there are countless tales of difficult struggles in the course of getting hold of that much-coveted diploma. We have heard of a successful businesswoman who had only a pair of shoes to wear through college. Then there’s the respected engineer who in college had only four hours of sleep as he juggled the obligations of work and study. Indeed graduation becomes sweeter if it bears the stigmata of sacrifice. It can bring one advantageous dividends in the world of work and career building later.
But failure to finish a degree doesn’t necessarily mean failure in life. Because an Adamson education is not only an exercise in knowledge acquisition but also a total package that includes value and spiritual formation, even those who spent only some years in the university internalize it. Luisita Zarsadias Esmao, who finished only three years of her accounting course, is a case in point. Her being at the forefront today of the farmers’ struggle for the extension of CARP shows that the Vincentian value of social responsibility runs alive in her veins. That and her other advocacies have landed her a revered place in the Ten Outstanding Women of the Philippines (BAYI) awards.
Still, completing a course and graduating from college is the ideal thing to achieve. The university knows this enough that it always seeks ways to ease the difficulty of acquiring a college degree. For one, many kinds of scholarships are made available. There are also discounts for the taking, like the Alumnus’ Child and the Siblings discounts. But most of all, at a time when the economic crisis comes foisted on everyone like a heavy cross to bear, the University extends a Cyrenean hand – by not increasing its tuition fee.
And so, to those who will be graduating on April 6, we extend our most heartfelt congratulations. You have beaten the odds, you have hurdled the challenges and you deserve your triumphant moment. Celebrate and enjoy to the max.
But please remember that as you move further up your journey to a brighter future and begin reaping the fruits of your labor, it might be good to look back and reflect that those who are left behind are still in struggle mode. Helping them in any way might be a Lenten value that can lead them to their own graduation, nay, resurrection.
Happy Graduation, Happy Easter!

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A Cool Place To Be
April 2nd, 2009 posted by raul agner under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

A Cool Place To Be

“Cool” evokes images of ice cream, halo-halo, or iced beverage in summer. It also connotes hipness as in cool gadgets, bling, and clothes. Most of all, it implies first-rate or excellent quality and in that sense, the word aptly describes time-tested learning institutions like Adamson University.
For those looking for a nice place to study, let Adamson University be the answer because it is, in many ways, cool.
No school can be more cool than one which has reasonably affordable tuition fee (and the latest news is that it is not increasing its tuition fee in School Year 2009-2010!). But don’t get us wrong because inexpensive does not mean cheap. On the contrary, one even gets more than his money’s worth because the quality of education one is able to avail of is way above average standards.
Its classrooms, laboratories, offices, conference rooms, and theatre, being air-conditioned, are literally cool, made even more so by modern and high-tech equipment. Studying in Adamson becomes a no-sweat adventure into the world of ideas, knowledge, and skills. The campus ambiance is just as student-friendly. With a mini park, with some areas lined with trees and greenery, with study centers spread across the campus, and with a quaint mix of old and modern buildings, the school landscape offers an overall aesthetically pleasant experience.
Its students have shown that they’ve got what it takes to excel. Landing among the top 20 passers of the licensure exams for Accountancy, Architecture, Chemistry, Law, Pharmacy, and Engineering courses have happened at one time or another. Topping the chemical engineering licensure exam—like Levi Miranda did in 2008—is amazingly cool; same thing with those from other courses in years past.
Majority of the faculty are master’s degree holders, plus some with a Ph.D. Not to mention a good number who are industry practitioners too, thus carrying a strong theory-practice credential.
Alumni have made significant inroads in their fields and have made important contributions to society. Did you know, for instance, that the lead process engineer for the design of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline–Engr. Leo Gasendo–is an Adamsonian who graduated in 1950 with a B.S. Chemical Engineering degree? Are you aware that the first person to use the DNA technology in a forensics case that was admitted in U.S. courts–Dr. Teodorica Leano-Bugawan–is a 1974 graduate in Chemical Engineering? Do you know that Mrs. Lourdes Supetran, B.S. Chemistry 1970, is the name behind the giant ACS Corporation that manufactures Pride detergent and other popular household products? These are just three among a long list that keeps on growing.
And the School is both Catholic and Vincentian, which immediately calls to mind the important dimension of values-education, moral formation, and love for the less privileged—all meant to mold God-fearing and socially responsible graduates.
Wow, with this litany, doesn’t Adamson University rock?
Now that you’re clued-up about the School, make your move.
Enroll, and have a blast!

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