My warmest congratulations to our first batch of Senior High School graduates and Junior High School Completers for reaching this momentous part in your lives. Let this major accomplishment be shared among the school administrators and personnel, teachers, and parents who have been very dedicated and supportive to ensure that quality education is achieved by our learners.
This event is even more significant because this is the time when most of our countrymen witness the graduation of the first products of the biggest education reform in our country, the K to 12 Basic Education Program.
This year’s theme, “K to 12 Learners: Ready to Face Life’s Challenges,” reminds us of the new generations’ competence in contributing positive change to the nation. With the K to 12 Program and the strong partnership among industries, these graduates are equipped with the values, knowledge and 21st century skills which serve as their shield in facing life’s challenges.
Dear graduates and completers, there is still long journey ahead of you. May you continue to be resilient as you navigate the challenges of a dynamic, globalized society and an increasingly knowledge-based workplace. But most of all, do not forget to engage your heart in seeking for success in life. As Aristotle once quoted, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
To the school administrators, teachers and parents, may this theme remind us of our roles to shape our learners into rounded individuals who are ready to take their place and succeed in the workforce – and in life.
Again, congratulations to our graduates and completers! I wish you all the best in your next endeavor.
DR. ALMA RUBY C. TORIO