The August 2017 Commencement Speakers

September 10, 2017

Chairman Jesus Benjamin Salvosa, President Ray Dean Salvosa, members of the board of trustees, executive officers, deans, members of the faculty, parents and relatives of the graduating students, graduating students, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

Let me begin by extending my immeasureable gratitude for this award from the University of the Cordilleras - Doctor of Humanities - Honoris Causa. This is a humbling experience and a challenge for me to deserve it - thru service to community, country and humanity. Thank you for this great honor.

I am also honored to address you today to mark a milestone in your lives - the completion of many years of study, hard work and sacrifices. It is a time of thanksgiving and an expression of affection for parents, faculty members, school administrators and staff.

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Members of the Board of Trustees of the University of the Cordilleras, President Ray Dean Salvosa, faculty members, administrative staff, graduating students, parents and loved ones, distinguished guests, friends.thank you for allowing me to stand before you today at this 71st Commencement Ceremony.

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine receiving an honorary doctorate degree from any school, much less this progressive university that has done-and is doing-so much for so many. By affirming, in such ka powerful and moving manner, my efforts over several decades, you have also recognized the efforts of the many people, both near and far, who have worked alongside me at Community and Family Services International (CFSI). For this, I am deeply, deeply grateful.

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Nurturing A Culture of Empathy

Chairman Jesus Salvosa and the members of the Board of Trustees; President Ray Salvosa and other members of the Executive and Academic Council present; Dr. Steve Muncy, Executive Director of the Community and Family Services International; faculty, non-teaching staff, alumni and parents present; my fellow graduates; honored guests; mga minamahal kong mga kababayan: Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat.

Thank you very much for inviting me to celebrate with you during this momentous occasion. Today marks the beginning of a new, exciting chapter in your lives-one that gives hope and brings great promise to our country's future. So congratulations, Batch 2017, for a job well done.

Let me also express my deepest gratitude to the University of the Cordilleras for giving me the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa. This is an honor and a privilege-one that I will treasure and strive to always be worthy of.

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March 18, 2018

Mikael Gabrielle Ilao, a third-year Juris Doctor student of the University of the Cordilleras, was selected as among the 21 Law student-recipients of this year's Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) Scholarship. She is the only student from Northern Luzon to receive the scholarship this year.

February 18, 2018

Representing the Cordillera Administrative Region, Senior High School (SHS) students from the University of the Cordilleras won various awards in the 15th National Science Quest by the Association of Science Educators in the Philippines last February 9-11, 2018 in Baguio City.

February 12, 2018

Five athletes from the University of the Cordilleras who successfully represented the Philippines in various international sports events were recognized in this year's Kafagway International Sports Luminary Awards (KISLA) by the National Correspondents Club of Baguio.

February 11, 2018

For 21 consecutive school years (since 1997), the University of the Cordilleras has been ranked as among the Top Performing Schools in the nation in the Criminologist Licensure Exams!