QCU Graduation 2024: Celebrating Empowerment and Achievements

by Nicole Mayo and Lorraine Acaylar / Contributor: Rozi Broqueza (QCU Times) 


Quezon City University (QCU) celebrated the graduation of Batch Marilag 2024 on June 25, 2024, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with the theme “Education for Empowerment: Transforming Communities for Sustainable Futures.” The ceremony aimed to honor the academic accomplishments and future potential of over 3,000 graduates, who were divided into two sessions. 
The morning session was dedicated to 1,111 graduates from the BS Industrial Engineering (375), BS Electronics Engineering (66), and BS Information Technology (670) programs. Mayor Josefina “Joy” G. Belmonte delivered an inspiring speech, emphasizing the significance of adaptability and lifelong learning for future success. She stressed the importance of integrity, stating, “Always do what is right, even if it conflicts with your personal interests.” 
The keynote speaker, Mr. Jose Avelino “Jojo” Flores, Co-Founder of Plug & Play Tech Center, encouraged graduates to pursue entrepreneurship, particularly in the field of technology. He highlighted the success stories of engineering and IT professionals who have become technopreneurs and positively impacted communities through innovative solutions. 
During a private interview, Mr. Flores advised, “Be courageous, follow your dreams, build a team around you, and dedicate 1 or 2 years of your life.” He also emphasized that it is acceptable to experience failure because it opens doors for new career opportunities. 
The afternoon session recognized graduates from the BS Accountancy (121 graduates) and BS Entrepreneurship (1,782) programs. Mayor Belmonte, in her address, motivated the graduates to uphold integrity and pursue their dreams with courage and faith. She emphasized the significance of employees who are willing to make sacrifices for their company, community, and country. Fernando Martin “Borgy” Marcos Manotoc, representing Senator Imee R. Marcos, offered practical advice, encouraging graduates to remain adaptable and resilient in their future endeavors. 
Outstanding graduates were acknowledged in both the morning and afternoon sessions. The ceremonies were attended by members of the QCU Board of Regents, City Councilors Aly Medalla, Victor Bernardo, and Kate Coseteng, Ms. Maricris Veloso, OIC-Head of the QC Education Affairs Unit, and Atty. Ryan Estevez, Executive Director for CHEd-UNIFAST. 

The conferment of degrees was led by QCU President Dr. Theresita V. Atienza, assisted by the College Deans. 






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