This post is quiet late but it’s always better to have it published late than never. But before I proceed blabbering about the graduation. I have to say that I’m pretty much stunned and wondering how I have made it, despite the controversies that have been going with me and the school, despite all the issues and problems that I picked up along the road, I managed to march.
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – We write the 2nd of the 4th month of the 2009th year after the birth of Christ. Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas is our venue, the 56th commencement and graduation exercises of the Philippine Women’s College of Davao, High School and Tertiary Department was scheduled to be held at the said venue’s auditorium. The event was said to kick off at 9 in the morning but if my memory is keen enough, we stood up and prepared a bunch of minutes earlier and stood there, and stood there, awaiting for the opening ceremony to take place until the parents have been asked to be seated for a while as there was a delay on the program.
After a moment of tense and nervous anticipation before the graduation rites get started, it eventually started then. The first to enter were of course we, the High School Graduates of the School Year 2009 batch. Followed by our College Buds who are also part of the Graduating Batch of 2009. Administration and staff followed after the candidates for graduation, while the exact order is something that I can barely recall.
As we arrived on our seats, I have noticed a few guys painting a down curved parabola on their faces, or in simple words a sad smile. It was just so despicable to see that even the most annoying male students who used to be nuisances to the teachers and our fellow batch mates had their own grief during the ceremony, well I couldn’t really believe what I saw that moment that even those had their flows when it comes to draw farewell to each other.
After talks of one person then the other, the president then the commencement speaker, the big moment, or should I say “This is the moment” of ours that came. The graduates of the school year 2008-2009 were commenced, one at a time going up the stage to receive the empty diploma holder. Girls got mentioned first followed by us guys. And heck I tell you, I have not had felt much better throughout the school year about school activities but this time.
I felt accomplished and complete for a moment when I received that long awaited empty diploma holder (I’ll get the diploma along with the card but what’s important is that I am a certified graduate). But surely I have miles to go to arrive at my destination in life, at least I’ve met one check point.
Even recalling what happened a day earlier when I had to rush to finish signing my totally empty clearance slip makes me feel complete. Who would have thought that four the third time in a row, that I would be one of the students who would complete their clearance as the last ones to do that? I managed to finish all of the teachers but I have to admit that I was really a bit lucky there, because all of the missing subject teachers whom I didn’t saw during regular class were back on board and just a “Hello, pa-sign ng clearance po” away.
That’s how my graduation day was. Everything else was very boring that even some of the students (refer to the picture) felt asleep during the rites. And I’m too tired to share what else happened at the venue or after the event, but one thing that you could surely look forward to is a post tomorrow about the Graduation Ball which is quiet another epic to share.