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Pioneer batch of AdZU’s 2nd Centennial Soars High on the 61st Commencement Exercises – An eagle comes home

The administrators, faculty, family members, and graduates of Ateneo de Zamboanga University gatheredfor the 61st Colleges Commencement Exercises at the Multi-Purpose Covered Courts of the Fr Eusebio Salvador SJ campus inthe afternoon of March 22 2014. Prior to the graduation rites, a baccalaureate mass was held at two o’clock in the afternoon at the University Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

This year’s commencement speaker is Br Roseller L Atilano Jr SJ, an alumnus, a Zamboangueno, and the Valedictorian of Class 2001. He is currently the Assistant National Director for Jesuit Vocations Promotions. In his commencement speech, Br Atilano talked about trusting in God’s plans. He shared his experience as a student in the Ateneo, his professional career, and how a life-changing event inspired him to join the Jesuit community. He shared the lesson on believing the God has a special plan for each of us and asked for prayers as he continues his journey as a Jesuit.

The class valedictorian for the class of 2014 is Adriel Earl A Toribio and class salutatorian is Glenn William S Alcala. Both graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. In his valedictory address, Mr Toribio urged his batchmates to accept the challenge of helping rebuild Zamboanga. He shared his struggle as a young student and how the Ateneo served as his second home, helping him finish school and providing him with mentors who have shaped him in his leadership journey.

In his message, University President,Fr Karel S San Juan SJ, lightheartedly called the graduates the batch of the Zamboanga siege. However, he stressed that this experience has led them to know complexity and chaos; that if they choose to, this same world can be consecrated with joy, light, and love. He urged everyone to “…keep the Ateneo spirit safe – with confidence that is humbled by self-knowledge; With restlessness that is directed by intelligence; with deep desire to serve God and country, missioned and sent to the margins to be friends of the poor, to work for peace, understanding, and justice; with an intimate connection with your God; with prayer and worship to be your only and ultimate source power…Let your spirit soar high and proud like the mighty Ateneo eagle. The Ateneo eagle knows how to fly high and ascend yet it knows how to descend, how to be grounded, rooted, and humbled. May paglapag ang paglipad. Batch 2014 is unique because it is Ateneo’s first professionals in its second centenary.

The ceremonies formally ended with the community singing of the graduation hymn and the Animo Ateneo.

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{xtypo_download}Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude{/xtypo_download}

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