"Ang mga palamuti ay kayo (you are the ornaments) and the learnings that you gained," Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), reminded the MS and Ph. D. graduates during their 2015 Testimonial Ceremony.
The event, which was co-organized by the UPLB Environmental Science Society, was held at the SESAM Seminar Room last July 3, 2015. The MS and Ph. D. graduates of 2015 together with their families, as well as some of the SESAM faculty and staff attended the ceremony.
Dr. Carmelita M. Rebancos, coordinator for the Program for Instruction of SESAM, presented the graduates. Afterwards, selected graduates were asked to share their experiences as a student. Amyel Dale L. Cero, one of the MS graduating students, noted how holistic the environmental ecience program in SESAM is. Meanwhile, Clarice C. Pulumbarit, another MS graduating student, encouraged her fellow graduates to "be involved in a career that would make SESAM proud."
"Hindi madali na mayroon kang Dr. sa harap ng pangalan mo o Ph. D. sa likod. Dapat kaya mong panindigan," (It is not easy to have a 'Dr.' prefix, as well a 'Ph.D.' suffix in your name, you must be able to use it responsibly) Gregorio Y. Ardales, Jr. said during his testimonial. According to him, education never stops. He encouraged his colleagues to raise the awareness of the youth with regards to environmental science. Another Ph. D. graduate, Richel E. Relox thanked SESAM faculty for helping her finish her degree. According to Relox, she will now be focusing on environmental projects in Mindanao particularly the anti-mining projects in Surigao.
After the testimonials, the MS and Ph. D. graduates each received certificates of recognition from Dr. Eslava, former Dean Dr. Leonardo M. Florece, SESAM Professor Emeritus Dr. Enrique P. Pacardo and Dr. Rebancos.
In his message, Dr. Florece encouraged the graduates to "try to contribute to the advancement of Environmental Science." He added that one of the ways to do this is to pursue the publication of their research.
SESAM has 15 MS graduating students and 9 Ph. D. graduating students. In total, they have 24 graduating students for academic year 2014-2015. The top MS student is Patricia Marie A. Cabredo while Dr. Ardales, Jr. gets the highest average for the Ph. D.