by Patricia Galapon || Photo Credit: Sidlak: Bente dos FB Page
After two academic years of conducting virtual graduation ceremonies, Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus (PSHS-EVC) held its 23rd Graduation Program for Batch 2022 at the school’s gymnasium, while simultaneously airing it on the EVC Direct Facebook page, last June 10.
PSHS-EVC’s Class of 2022 named their batch “Sidlak,” which they defined as “one’s hope for the sun to shine.” The name attested to the graduates’ completion of the six-year PSHS curriculum, as Batch Sidlak’s light continues to burn for hope even at the end of their PSHS journey.
The ceremony began with the processional of the graduating students, teachers, and staff and was followed by the opening prayer led by Benedict Joaquin H. Chua, a graduate with high honors.
Bryan Justine Dela Cruz, a graduate with high honors, opened the program with a speech. He greeted the revered guests, officials of the PSHS System, personnel, teachers, and all the students and their parents present in the gymnasium. He mentioned that all these people contributed to shaping them into becoming the individuals they are today.
As Dela Cruz reminisced the memorable highlights throughout their secondary years, he also stated that he and his batchmates should applaud themselves for finally graduating after years of facing challenges with continuous tireless efforts.
The Executive Director of the PSHS System, Ms. Lilia T. Habacon, congratulated the graduates and expressed her appreciation for the students’ efforts in adapting to remote learning, given its trials. She also reminded them that “the world is not a bed of roses”; thus, as the graduates welcome a new chapter in life, they should not allow setbacks to deter them from pursuing their passion as future leaders in science, technology, and innovation.
Ms. Yvonne M. Esperas, the Campus Director, presented Batch Sidlak’s graduating students — who then shifted their tassels as a symbol of officially being recognized as high school completers. Mr. Jhun-Jeff C. Cobacha, the campus registrar, awarded them with their diplomas, while the honors and awardees were presented by PSHS-EVC’s CID Chief, Mrs. Ana Riza Gozon.
The Secretary of DOST, Fortunato T. De la Peña said he is optimistic that the PSHS Curriculum has already equipped the students to pursue a higher degree of education. He encouraged the graduates to leave their marks in our society and to pass on excellence to future generations.
“Padayon Batch 2022! Stand with the people for truth, excellence, and service to the nation,” Sec. De la Peña stressed.
Finally, Batch Sidlak’s Highest Honor, Jim Yvene S. Cadion, delivered his thanksgiving speech, wherein he expressed gratitude towards teachers and staff of the campus, the PSHS system, parents, batchmates, and the Creator, also adding that Pisay molded them to reflect the spirit of service to the people.