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Commencement Exercises

Keynote Address
By: Reynaldo E. Santos, MD
Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
Unit Head, DOH Eye Center
EAST AVENUE MEDICAL CENTER

January 10, 2012


CAHNCELLOR, UP MANILA: DR. MANUEL B. AGULTO
DIRECTOR, PGH: DR. JOSE C. GONZALES
DEAN, UP COLLEGE OF MEDICINE: DR. ALBERTO A. ROXAS
ASST. DEAN FOR ACADEMICS: DR. MARISSA N. VALBUENA
FORMER PGH DIRECTOR: DR. JUAN NANAGAS
DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON: DR. PEARL T. VILLALON
VICE-CHAIRMAN: DR. RAUL D. CRUZ
ASST. CHAIR FOR TRAINING: DR. MILAGROS H. ARROYO
RESIDENT TRAINING OFICER: DR. MARGARITA L. LAT-LUNA


ESTEEMED FACULTY MEMBERS, COLLEAGUES IN THE PROFESSION, BELOVED PARENTS, YOUNG GARDUATES, LADIES & GENTLEMEN – GOOD MORNING:

I AM DEEPLY HONORED FOR HAVING BEEN INVITED BY THE 2011 GRADUATING BATCH TO BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES. I INITIALLY HESITATED ACCEPTING THE INVITATION BECAUSE IT HAD BEEN QUITE SOMETIME SINCE I HAD LEFT THIS ONCE FAMILIAR GROUNDS (25 YEARS AGO TO BE EXACT) AND I WASN'T SURE IF I COULD ADEQUATELY RECONNECT BACK CONSIDERING THE UNCERTAINTY OF HOW THE CULTURE AND SENSIBILITIES COULD HAVE POSSIBLY CHANGED IN SUCH A VERY LONG TIME. THE ONLY RETURN VISITS I COULD REMEMBER TO THE THIS ILLUSTRIOUS INSTITUTION HAVE BEEN LIMITED TO MY PRESENCE DURING THE ANNUAL ORAL EXAMINATION OF THE PHILIPPINE BOARD OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, TO HAVING BEEN INVITED ONCE AS A GUEST LECTURER IN THE BASIC CLINICAL SCIENCE COURSE IN 1992, TO THE SOLICITATION OF SUPPORT FOR THE FURNISHINGS OF THIS AUDITORIUM AND ITS EVENTUAL INAUGURATION AND DEDICATION IN MEMORY OF A GREAT OPHTHALMOLOGIST (DR. ROMEO B. ESPIRITU), TO THE INVITATION TO SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE INSTITUTE OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, TO THE OCCASIONAL PAO RESEARCH FORUM (THAT HAD ITS VENUE HERE), TO MY OCCASIONAL VISITS TO THE STA. LUCIA EYE BANK AS A TECHNICAL SUPERVSOR, TO MY ATTENDANCE TO THE 5OTH ANNIVERASRY CELEBRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT LAST DECEMBER AND TO THE RECENT TESTIMONIALS IN HONOR OF TWO OF MY REVERED MENTORS (DR. MARIO VALENTON & DR. JACK DY-LIACCO) WHO HAVE SINCE RETIRED FROM ACTIVE TEACHING. THOSE WERE HOW CLOSE I EVER GOT TO MY "COMING HOME" EXPERIENCES TO THIS INSTITUTION AND I TREASURED EACH OF THOSE ENCOUNTERS WHERE I REKINDLED TIES WITH MY FORMER TEACHERS & MENTORS, COLLEAGUES AND MADE NEW AQUAINTANCES & WON SOME ENDURING FRIENDSHIPS. IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK!

ENCOURAGED BY THOSE PAST EXPERIENCES, I TOLD MYSELF THAT TO BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER IN THIS IMPORTANT GATHERING WOULD BE JUST TO TESTIFY TO OUR UNIVERSAL AND COMMON ASPIRATION TO SUCCEED, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR PROFESSION AND TO BE PROFESSIONALLY USEFUL MEMBERS IN THE LARGER SOCIETY WE BELONG TO. HAVING BEEN A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE PAO AND HAVING SAT IN ITS VARIOUS STANDING AND AD HOC COMMITTEES AND HAVING REPRESENTED OUR MEMBERSHIP IN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ON VARIOUS CONCERNS - I BEGAN TO FEEL A CERTAIN SENSE DUTY TO ACCEPT THE INIVITATION BECAUSE I SHALL BE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO BE WITH THE YOUNG GRADUATES AND HOPEFULLY INSPIRE GREAT YOUNG MINDS OF FUTURE DECISION MAKERS AND LEADERS IN PHILIPPINE OPHTHALMOLOGY. SINCE I WASN'T GIVEN A THEME TO DEVELOP ON AND AS I BEGAN TO PONDER ON WHAT IT IS THAT I SHALL INSPIRE THE GRADUATES WITH – I THOUGHT IT BEST TO TALK ABOUT THE SAME THINGS I CONSTANTLY REMIND MY OWN RESIDENTS IN MY "OTHER HOME" – AT THE DOH EYE CENTER - BECAUSE FAILING THIS…THEN I SHALL NOT HAVE DONE JUSTICE TO MY CHAIRMANSHIP AND MENTORING FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS AND TO MY HAVING BEEN HERE AS A GUEST SPEAKER.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IN MY CREDENTIALS QUALIFIED ME TO TALK TO YOU IN THIS GATHERING, EXCEPT TO SAY THAT I ACCEPTED THE INVIATION WITH A SENSE OF PRIDE (NOT IN AN ARROGANT PRIDE THAT BOASTS) BUT IN A PRIDE THAT STRIVES TO BE MORE DESERVING OF THE INVITATION - ESPECIALLY AFTER LEARNING THAT IT HAS BEEN THE RECENT PRACTICE THAT THE GRDAUATING BATCH IS GIVEN THE PRIVILGE TO CHOOSE THEIR INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER. IN A VERY UNIQUE WAY THEREFORE, I AM HOPEFUL THAT THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL BOND THAT WILL FOREVER RECONNECT ME WITH THIS GRADUATING BATCH.

SO LET US BEGIN…. A GOOD AMOUNT OF MY FORMATIVE YEARS HAVE BEEN SPENT WITH THE APPRECIATION OF THE "IGNATIAN PERSUASION" AS INFLUENCED BY THE JESUIT EDUCATION. IN DEFININING WHAT IS TRULY IGNATIAN, FR. BIENVENIDO NEBRES SJ, (THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY) DEFINED JESUIT EDUCATION AS BEING BORN OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY – A WAY OF FOLLOWING JESUS. HE FURTHER CLARIFIES THAT "IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY" IS THEREFORE A WAY OF FOLLOWING JESUS – FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS AND TEACHING IN THE TRADITION OF ST. IGNATIUS. HE IS QUICK TO ADD HOWEVER, THAT THERE ARE OTHER WAYS OF FOLLOWING JESUS. THE FRANCISCANS, THE DOMINICANS, THE AGUSTINIANS – ALL THE GREAT SPIRITUALITIES – HAVE DIFFERENT WAYS OF FOLLOWING HIM. THIS IS BECAUSE THE PERSONALITY OF OUR LORD IS MUCH RICHER THAN ANY PARTICULAR TRADITION AND BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY TEMPERAMENTS AND MANY NEEDS IN THIS WORLD.

HE FURTHER STATES THAT "…IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY BEGINS WITH A VISION OF THE WORLD. IN IGNATIUS'S SPIRITUAL EXERCISES, HE INVITES US TO JOIN GOD IN LOOKING AT THE WHOLE WORLD. HE INVITES US TO LOOK AT DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE – SOME BLACK, SOME WHITE, SOME BROWN, SOME YELLOW; TO LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT THINGS THEY ARE DOING – SOME ARE KILLING ONE ANOTHER, WHILE SOME ARE BEING GOOD TO ONE ANOTHER. THIS IS ALL ONE WORLD. AND GOD RESPONDS BY SAYING, "I HAVE COMPASSION ON THAT WORLD." GOD COMES TO THAT WORLD AND WANTS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT WORLD". AND AS YOUNG GRADUATES, I HOPE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO AT LEAST START RESPONDING TO THE VISION THAT HE TALKS ABOUT – THAT OF BEING MEN AND WOMEN FOR OTHERS.

GRADUATION DAY HAS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN A STUDENT'S LIFE. I KNOW IN MY HEART, THAT INSIDE EACH OF YOU TODAY ARE A MERRY MIX OF EMOTIONS: HOPE, EXCITEMENT, ANTICIPATION AND EVEN AMBIVALENCE AS TO WHERE TO GO FROM HERE. YOUR YOUNG FACES ARE BEAMING WITH ENTHUSIASM LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE FOR BIGGER CHALLENGES AND GREATER ACCOMPLISHMENTS….THOUGH IN THE OFTEN MORE DECEITFUL AND "CUT-THROAT" REAL WORLD SCENAROIS. GRADUATION, ALTHOUGH TO SOME SIGNIFIES AN END OF AN EXPERIENCE, IS IN REALITY A BEGINNING. MAYBE THAT IS THE REASON WHY THE PERIOD OF CONFERRING OF DEGREES OR DIPLOMAS, JUST AS WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY, HAS BEEN CALLED "COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES" – TO SIGNIFY A START, A BEGINNING AND AN ENTRANCE TO A THRESHOLD. FROM HEREON, YOUR GOALS, DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS WILL EITHER BEGIN TO METAMORPHOSE INTO A MORE FOCUSED VISION AND REALITY EXPERIENCE THROUGH YOUR OWN EFFORTS OCCASIONALLY TEMPERED WITH SERENDIPITY OR FADE AWAY INTO NOTHINGNESS AND OBLIVION THROUGH RELATIVE INACTION.

THROUGHOUT YOUR STUDY EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO VARIOUS GRADING SYSTEMS TO ASSESS YOUR PERFORMANCE. IT MAY HAVE MADE SOME OF YOU GRADE CONSCIOUS, TO A POINT THAT ALL THAT EVER MATTERED TO YOU WAS TO BE AT THE TOP AND TO STAY AT THE TOP. BUT LATER YOU REALIZED THAT NOT EVERYTHING IS MEASURABLE BY GRADE EQUIVALENTS. YOU SOON BEGAN TO REALIZE THAT THE ACTUAL JOURNEY WAS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS GETTING TO YOUR DESTINATION. THAT WAS WHAT LEARNING WAS ALL ABOUT – APPRECIATING THE PROCESS THAT LEAD NOT ONLY TO QUANTITATIVE BUT TO QUALITATIVE OUTCOMES AS WELL. EXPERIENCING THE BUMPS AND THE ROUGH RIDE ALONG THE WAY MAKES THE TRIP WELL WORTH IT WHEN YOU HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED AT YOUR MARVELOUS DESTINATION.

SIGNIFICANTLY, YOU WERE INTRODUCED TO THE CONCEPT OF GROUP OR TEAM EFFORT WHERE YOUR INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE CONTRIBUTON MATTERED AND DETERMINED YOUR WINNNING OR LOSING AS A TEAM IN COMPETETIVE SPORTSMANSHIP. YOU UNDERSTOOD THAT THERE WERE RULES TO BE FOLLOWED IN GAMES AND CONTESTS AND THAT YOU COULD NOT HAVE IT YOUR WAY ALL THE TIME. THERE WERE CONSEQUENCES – BOTH REWARDS AND PUNISHMENT – FOR ONES'S ACTION.

YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO SEARCH FOR AND ENCOUNTER THE TRUTH IN YOUR STUDIES AND INTERACTION (EITHER ABOUT YOURSELF OR ABOUT THE THINGS AND PEOPLE AROUND YOU) NOT ONLY THRU MASTERFUL EVIDENCE BASED APPROACHES BUT ALSO MORE IMPORTANTLY THRU CLARITY OF A FORMED CONSCIENCE. IN THE PROCESS, YOU REALIZED THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUTH IN EVERY SITUATION (IT EITHER HAPPENED OR DIDN'T) AND THAT IT APPLIED TO ALL WITHOUT DENIAL - WITH NO IFS AND BUTS. YOU REALIZED THAT THERE IS A VERY FINE LINE THAT SEPARATES BLACK AND WHITE, RIGHT FROM WRONG, AND THE GOOD AND FROM THE BAD. YOU LEARNED THAT THE LESS GRAY ZONES YOU ALLOWED IN YOUR CONVICTIONS, THE BETTER YOU FELT. YOU BEGAN TO SEE THAT COMPROMISES OCCASIONED TROUBLE FOR YOU WHEN YOU DID NOT CONFRONT THE TRUTH AS YOU HAVE INNOCENTLY FOUND IT - IN ITS MOST "UNADULTERATED FORM" THRU YOUR OCCASIONAL SURRENDER TO A SYSTEM THAT NOT ONLY TOLERATES BUT GLORIFIES ACCOMODATION, ACQUIESENCE (accepting something reluctantly but without protest) AND PATRONAGE. A DEEPER FORCE FROM WITHIN YOU TELLS YOU THAT THIS SYSTEM OF COMPROMISES CANNOT CO-EXIST WITH THE TRUTH THAT THRIVES ON TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND FAIR PLAY. YOU REALIZED THAT YOUR PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE TRUTH ONLY LED YOU TO EITHER ONE OF TWO EXPERIENCES: YOU WERE EITHER LIBERATED BY THE TRUTH (WHEN YOU STOOD BY IT) OR WERE EMBITTERRED BY IT (WHEN YOU COMPROMISED WITH LIES IN THE GUISE OF HALF-TRUTHS!). MORE MEANINGFULLY HOWEVER, WHEN YOUR ENCOUNTER WITH THE TRUTH BECAME HURTING FOR YOU, YOU BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE MATURE WAY OF DEALING WITH IT WAS TO SEE IT NOT AS AN ACT OF CONDEMNATION OF YOUR PERSON BUT AS A GOLDEN OR MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR SELF-IMPROVEMENT – THAT HOPEFULLY MOVED YOU TOWARDS REPARATIONS AND AMENDMENTS.

YOU LEARNED THE PRINCIPLE OF RESPECTING YOUR CO-RESIDENTS' RIGHTS, FEELINGS AND OPINIONS. YOU SAW THAT IT WAS NECESSARY TO FALL IN LINE AND WAIT FOR YOUR TURN. YOU WERE ENCOURAGED TO DO A GOOD DEED EVERYTIME YOU HAD A CHANCE TO: LIKE HAVING MORE THAN ADEQUATE CHAIR-TIME WITH YOUR PATIENTS FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND THEIR DISEASE, THE KIND GESTURE OF ASSISTING A VISUALLY CHALLENGED ELDERLY TO THE CONSULTATION ROOM, CHOOSING NOT FROM WHAT YOU "COULD DO" BUT FROM YOUR "SHOULD DO" LIST, SAYING "SORRY" WHEN YOU WERE WRONG, SAYING "PLEASE" WHEN YOU ASKED A FAVOR AND BEING HONEST EVEN IF OTHERS WERE NOT AND WON'T BE.

YOU SLOWLY UNDERSTOOD THAT YOU HAD TO UNDERGO ALL THESE TRANSFORMATIONS IN ORDER TO DISCOVER THE IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY IN YOUR PERSON – IN BEING PROFESSIONALS FOR OTHERS.

JAMES STENSON, AN AUTHOR ON SUCCESSFUL PARENTING (TEACHING), REFERRED TO MENCIUS, A DISCIPLE OF CONFUCIUS, AS HAVING ONCE SAID: "…THAT A GREAT PERSON NEVER LOSES THE HEART OF THE CHILD". IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE HOWEVER THAT GOOD TAECHERS (INCLUDIG PARENTS) MUST BE ABLE TO MOVE A CHILD'S HEART FROM SELF TO OTHERS. HE FURTHER STATES THAT: "OUR CHILDREN (STUDENTS) WILL NOT NECESSARILY GROW UP WHEN THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, BUT RATHER WHEN THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF OTHERS – AND REALLY WANT TO". THIS IS TRULY AN IGNATIAN PERSUASION.

IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, ALL THESE EXPERIENCES OF JOY AS WELL AS PAIN, VICTORIES AND FAILURES IN DEALING WITH OTHERS DURING YOUR THREE YEARS OF RESIDENCY NOW BECOME YOUR VERY OWN CHERISHED TROPHIES IN BEING A BETTER PERSON.

YOUR DIPLOMAS, AWARDS AND ABOVE ALL YOUR ENDURING BONDS DURING YOUR RESIDENCY DAYS IN THE CLINICAL WORK WITH YOUR PATIENTS, CONSULTANTS, INTERNS, CLERKS, NURSES & NURSING AIDES TOGETHER WITH YOUR HOME EXPERIENCE IN YOUR FAMILY LIFE ATTEST TO YOUR QUALIFIED ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE AS YOUNG ADULTS IN THE SHAPING OF YOUR OWN FUTURE AS WELL AS IN THE EVENTUAL ARDUOUS TASK OF COMMUNITY AND NATION BUILDING.

NOW ENDOWED WITH BASIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ETHICAL BEHAVIOR, YOU GRADUATES MUST LEARN TO LOOK BACK IN TIME AND SEE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN BLESSED.

YOU BEGIN TO WONDER HOW IT WAS ALL POSSIBLE TO HAVE TRANSFORMED YOU FROM THE ANXIOUS, SELF-CENTERED, INEXPERIENCED AND UNSKILLED YOUNG DOCTORS TO THE TRUSTING SOCIAL PERSONS AND QUALIFIED EYE DOCTORS YOU HAVE BECOME - IMBUED WITH SELF WORTH AND RESPONSIBILITY. YOU ARE NOW CALLED UPON TO USE WHAT YOU NOW KNOW TO BE MEN & WOMEN FOR OTHERS AND HONE THESE ABILITIES THROUGH FURTHER EXPERIENCE.

TODAY IS TRULY A MEANINGFUL AND HAPPY OCCASION FOR YOU, BUT IN YOUR HAPPINESS, YOU SHOULD NOT FORGET THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN THE BACK SEAT TO HELP YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW. AS THE SACRIFICES OF PAIN AND FAILURE WERE NOT YOURS ALONE, SO WERE THE VICTORIES AND TRIUMPHS MAGNIFIED IN YOUR PARENTS' AND TEACHERS' HEARTS AS WELL. SO IN THIS MOMENT OF GLORY, YOU MUST PAY TRIBUTE TO THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE THE SILENT WITNESSES TO WHAT YOU HAVE BECOME SO FAR. YOUR PARENTS HAVE TOILED MUCH TO BRING YOU TO THE FRUITION OF THIS SUCCESS. THE SACRIFICES THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH JUST TO SEE YOU FINISH ANOTHER CAREER MILESTONE ARE IRREPLACEABLE. I CONGRATULATE THE PARENTS, FOR INCULCATING IN THEIR CHILDREN'S CONSCIOUSNESS THAT THE MOST POTENT FORCE THAT SHAPES CHARACTER IS EDUCATION. AND A WORTHY EDUCATION, MUST NOT ONLY BE ABLE TO EQUIP A PERSON WITH THE NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS BUT WITH THE FUNDAMENTAL VALUES OF AN ETHICAL INDIVIDUAL. PARENTS (AND TEACHERS) REAP SUCCESS WITH THEIR CHILDREN (& STUDENTS) ONLY WHEN THEY END UP TO BE COMPETENT, RESPONSIBLE, CONSIDERATE, AND GENEROUS MEN AND WOMEN COMMITTED TO LIVE BY PRINCIPLES OF INTEGRITY IN THEIR LATER LIFE.

INDEED, EDUCATION IS THE BEST LEGACY THAT PARENTS CAN LEAVE THEIR CHILDREN WITH - AS NO ONE CAN TAKE THIS AWAY FROM THEM. WE, AS PARENTS (AND MENTORS), WANT OUR CHILDREN TO GET THE BEST EDUCATION POSSIBLE. IT IS SAID THAT CHILDREN ARE GOD'S GIFTS TO PARENTS - BUT WHAT THEY EVENTUALLY BECOME IS THE PARENTS' GIFT BACK TO GOD.

THERE IS NO SHORT CUT TO SUCCESS DEAR GRADUATES. IT IS EARNED THRU EXPERIENCE, BITTERLY GAINED AND BY WISDOM SPENT. YOU MUST TAKE THE INITIATIVE. YOU MUST CHOOSE TO SUCCEED.

FINALLY, AS A FITTING "ADMONITION ON TEMPERANCE" FOR THE YOUNG GRADUATES IN THEIR OCCASIONAL OVERZEALOUSNESS IN THE THINGS THAT THEY DO – I WANT TO QUOTE A TIMELY PRAYER AS ADPATED FROM SIR ROBERT HUTCHINSON (1871-1960):

"From inability to let well alone;
From too much zeal for the new and contempt for the old;
From putting science before art, and cleverness before wisdom;
From treating patients as cases;
From putting money before service;
And from making the cure of the disease more grievous than the endurance of the same,
Good Lord, deliver us!"


I MAY WANT TO ADD THE FOLLLWING SUPPLICATIONS, THAT HUTCHINSON MAY NOT HAVE SEEN COMING, AS THE LANDSCAPE OF PRACTICE OF MEDICINE DRASTICALLY CHANGED SINCE HIS LIFETIME:

"From the insatiable desire to chase patients to the far corners of the world, instead of allowing them to find their doctors of choice;
From the irrational & fraudulent utilization of the limited health insurance funds to further one's material interests;
From the deceitful practice of professional misrepresentation and intellectual dishonesty;
AND From the malignant narcissism of always professing ourselves to be better than our colleagues;
Good Lord, deliver us!"

IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD MOVE TO START ONE'S NEW BEGINNINGS (AS IN GRADUATION DAY) WITH A POSITIVE THOUGHT THAT YOU TRANSLATE INTO ACTIONS… THAT REPEATEDLY DONE BECOMES A HEALTHY HABIT…THAT SILENTY BUT ELOQUENTLY DEFINES YOUR ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOR… THAT SOON ENGENDERS YOUR GENUINE CHARACTER… THAT IN TURN DETERMINES YOUR DESTINY!

BE LIKEWISE REMINDED THAT AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE: "A DOCTOR'S JOB IS TO CURE SOEMTIMES, TO RELIEVE PAIN OFTEN AND TO COMFORT ALWAYS."

WITH THIS, I END MY MESSAGE TO THE GRADUATES AND WISH THEM ALL THE BEST FOR THEIR INITIATION TO A MORE RESPONSIBLE PROFESSIONAL LIFE AND LIVING OUT THE VISION OF THEIR IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY. I PRAY FOR YOUR NEW BEGINNINGS AND FOR THE THINGS RENEWED IN YOU AND THE CONSTANCY TO MOVE ON TOWARDS MORE MEANINGFUL DIRECTIONS.

I CONGRATULATE THE PROUD PARENTS FOR THEIR SACRIFICES AND FOR THE LOVE THEY SAHRED WITH THEIR CHILDREN. I SALUTE AND ADMIRE THE BELOVED TEACHERS AND FACULTY WHO HAVE BECOME THE SILENT TRADITIONAL AND INDESPENSIBLE PARTNERS OF THE FAMILY IN CHILD REARING & EDUCATION AND PARTNERS OF THE NATION IN RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR KIND ATTENTION AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO LOOK KINDLY ON OUR EFFORTS AT BEING MEN AND WOMEN FOR OTHERS!
 
 
 
 
 
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