SULU – Governor Toto Tan on Wednesday encouraged fresh university graduates to excel in life and help in nation-building by becoming responsible and good citizens and to reach for their goal and stay motivated.
Tan, who spoke to thousands of graduates during the Mindanao State University’s 40th Commencement Exercises here, said institutions of learning, like MSU, bear the heavy responsibility of molding the character and mindset of students with the end in view of shaping productive and useful citizens who will one day continue the tradition and culture of peace, development and a positive world view that are not limited by boundaries.
“It is of vital importance that institutions of learning should be well-equipped and should be in conditions which are conducive, to both processes of teaching and learning. We are living in a very competitive world, and we should not entertain the thought and dare to let go of students from our portals, unarmed and unprepared to face the modern world, for that will be pushing them to harm’s way. That will be a remiss of responsibilities of both sides,” he said.
Tan even quoted American actor, director, screenwriter, and author Alan Alda, who once said: “Let this not hold you back from your dreams and your aspirations. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.”
“Never cast your fate to luck. Rely more on your perseverance, your sense of purpose and strong belief in yourself to craft your own future,” Tan said. “Wherever fate may take you, never forget your roots, your proud ancestry and the bloodlines which speak well of your people. We will not hold you back from living your dreams or to seek sustenance for your family wherever your destination will be. Sulu will forever remain your home and she will welcome you like a mother welcoming her returning children with open and loving arms.”
MSU Sulu Chancellor Adjarail Hapas thanked Tan for his inspirational message to the graduates. (Ahl-franzie Salinas)
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