By VANESSA D. CASTILLO
NASUGBU, Batangas — TWINS topped this year’s 50th Commencement Exercises of BatStateU Apolinario R. Apacible School of Fisheries (ARASOF) Nasugbu. With the theme, “Building the Nation through Innovative and Transformative Education”, a total of 729 graduates marched on June 22 at the Alfonso G. Joson Gymnasium, BatStateU ARASOF Nasugbu with Cong. Elenita Milagros Ermita-Buhain, District Representative of the 1st District of Batangas, as the guest of honor and speaker.
Raised by a single mom, the twins, Bernise Mendoza Catuncan and Denise Mendoza Catuncan from Lian, Batangas finished BS Accountancy for five years. In an interview conducted on the graduation day, the twins plan to enter Law School after they pass the CPA Licensure Exam.
Aside from the Summa Cum Laude twins, the campus has produced another Magna Cum Laude, 28 Cum Laude, and 3 outstanding graduates from different colleges.
In his congratulatory message, the University President, Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo expressed, “BatStateU takes pride in your accomplishments and celebrates your success”. The president inspired the graduates to show the world the qualities that characterize a true Red Spartan, a courageous heart with commitment towards craft and competence in all aspects. Further, he encouraged them to continue the legacy of the university in creating innovative solutions that will lead to transformative developments.
Meanwhile, the guest speaker urged the graduates to be persistent in searching for career opportunities. In times of difficulty, Cong. Buhain shared that the key to handle challenges is to practice perseverance.
To close the ceremony, Bernise Catuncan, also a recipient of the Don Pablo Borbon Memorial Award and Alumni Outstanding Award thanked her mom, Mrs. Bernardita Catuncan, her family, teachers, friends, and her twin who supported her and gave her the motivation to strive for success.|#BALIKAS_News