Friday, April 23, 2010

"To all the graduates"

"To all the graduates"

Today is a special day, especially to the sons and daughters whose 4 year hardships hath end up with pomp and fervor, complete with diplomas and shining shimmering medals being vested upon to them as they exit the realms of education.

Graduation does not mean the end, but rather a beginning of another challenge, as Constantino said:
"...It is in the conventional sense a commencement of adult responsibility for the young. For their parents, it is the climax of years of anxious waiting and of sacrifices. But, if both want to divest it with a deeper significance, commencement should mark the beginning of understanding and of partnership with the young in patriotic involvement."
True as what Consantino said, for as graduates of Batch 2010 must also ought to create an era of new understanding and willing to take partnership especially with the contributors of our society, not just parents and teachers, but also the majority who also involved in our everyday lives.

But then,
We may not understood this clearly and instead joining on with the flow, in a ceaseless tide wherein we may resist or even not and instead submit to it. For sure most graduates may rather insist in getting a job followed by marriage and whatsoever being the most common norms of our present day life. All except those who, after graduation, willing to become a part of the people and thus willing to serve them faithfully like what Constantino said. As we, living in a period of turbulence, o instability ought to call for immediate change, a societal change that encompasses all things, including our character and our culture instead of getting contented and act apathetic, or becoming backward all despite we hear around in our society.

And as graduates, including faculty members and parents, I really expect that as we enter the world of reality, we must regain our consciousness simply by joining to the people and be a part of the creation of history, of be imbued with realities and willing to defy against the norms of the society now ridden by backwardness and of instability. For sure as you read or listen to these words may surely call it as "A call to arms" and a "Need for a voice of dissent," true, for the youth, being a nation's hope ought to be rebellious against a system full of unsolved problems and fabricated mysteries.

Like in UP and other state colleges and universities for example, we see protests acted by the studentry against the actions made by the administration against them. From tuition fee increase proposals to unfair treatment of students, even in graduation ceremonies we even sought them venting their protest no matter what aftermath will be, simply just to express their grievances for the last time as students and for the first time as servants of the people.

And yet we continue criticizing them and even thinking that they may never finish their schooling just because they joined into activities that may call them as illegal, yet having no alternative nor solution except keeping quiet and act apathetic, or going on with the flow and get contented to it, and now just to see that the ones they condemn going to the stage and be given diplomas before venting their last protest?

In this video somehow is the example of I have stated. They may have finished their degrees but then it does not mean that they get contented in their degrees,or in case of the ritual limited to a traditional pomp and grandeur that requires etiquette. For sure you may oppose this but that's the fact: of calling the youth to go and serve the people and fight for the rights of every student, no matter how "bad" the action is just to justify the content of what they believe for instead of letting the ceremony more of a dinner party or whatsoever that goes by, it, according to them, is part of an arduous struggle.

I hope every graduate of Batch 2010 must open up their mind and be fully enlightened as we enter the gates of society. We must not get contented, we must believe in what it is right, and fight what is wrong in our society-simply by serving our people and learn from them.