The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) Obrero Campus held its 39th Commencement Exercises on June 22, 2018 at the University Gymnasium and Cultural Center.
Graduating students from the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Technology, and Institute of Computing joined the morning program, where Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio served as the Commencement Speaker.
In her address, Mayor Duterte congratulated the graduates on behalf of the City Government of Davao. She expressed gratitude for being part of the ceremony—a celebration of the efforts and sacrifices of the graduates, including their family members and teachers.
“Do not be pressured to seek immediate success at the expense of your health, happiness, and your personal sense of fulfillment. Recognize when you have to make unnecessary compromise,” Mayor Duterte underscored after explaining to the graduates that there is no template for success.
“It is not about getting to your destination in record time; our learning curves are as unique and as varied as our personalities,” she added.
Although she urged the graduates not to get married right after graduation, she extolled the importance of heartbreak. Having their hearts broken, Mayor Duterte said, will prepare them to cope with greater challenges and heartbreaks in the future.
In the afternoon program, degrees were conferred upon the graduates from the College of Governance and Business, School of Applied Economics, and College of Education. Karlo Nograles, Representative of the First Congressional District in Davao City, served as the Commencement Speaker.
Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao, University President; Dr. Shirley S. Villanueva, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Danilo B. Pacoy, Vice President for Research, Development, and Extension; Dr. Joan D. Gervacio, Secretary of the University; and Dr. Danilo Galarion, Director of the Office of the University Registrar facilitated the Conferment of Degrees and Investiture.