BU holds first virtual graduation; complete video of ceremony for release

Monday July 27,2020

With the community quarantine restriction on mass gathering due to the pandemic, Bicol University (BU) held its first virtual 50th Commencement Exercises with the theme, “BU@50: Building a Legacy, Transforming Lives” that premiered last July 4, 2020 via Facebook.

BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas delivered the conferment of degrees and the commencement message for this year’s graduation. As an academic institution, BU President Mascariñas said that the new normal caused by the pandemic will not hinder BU’s vision of becoming a world-class university.

“We are greatly challenged. COVID-19 may have stalled our momentum and redirected our steps especially in the delivery of education. But with this new normal as part of our everyday reality, your Bicol University will step up with new and better ways of thinking particularly in terms of learning delivery,” he said in his message, addressing the BU community.

With its Learning Management System (LMS) and the distance education mode of BU Open University, President Mascariñas said that BU will be defined by both remote and flexible teaching and learning.

“This is not a temporary shift; rather, it is the way we will be shaping the relevant education Bicol University is known for. Everything that we will be doing today, and all the directions we will take, amidst this COVID-19 pandemic, will never be temporary but has implications beyond this pandemic,” he said.

BU President Mascariñas reminded the graduates that the new normal will be their way of life and will continuously meet head-on the varied and unique challenges we will all be facing. To conclude his message, BU President Mascariñas gave advice to the graduates.

“Dear graduates, let your lives not be virtual moments that are forever captured on films and photographs, frozen in time. Let your lives be made up of moving moments ever directed towards making this pandemic world and beyond a bit better. Be agents of change amidst the uncertainty of a world gripped by a devastating pandemic one small step at a time. Build your legacies and transform lives,” he said.

The complete 50th Virtual Commencement Exercises will be aired on a later date.