The fourth batch of nursing student enrolled in the special program of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) graduated last Thursday, February 16 in a ceremony held at the Astoria Regency convention center.
The batch consisted of 165 students, who received their diplomas from Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Open University System Dr. Marlene Ortega and Nursing College Dean Prof. Myrna Cabato. The students had completed at least a four-year baccalaureate course before enrolling in the special program, which most of them took up to take advantage of the huge demand for nurses in the United States and other countries.
In giving the keynote address, WMSU President Dr. Eldigario Gonzales praised the decision of the students to go into the medical profession. He said the Philippines is starting to experience a shortage of nurses in its local hospitals because of the huge emigration of nursing professionals. On the other hand, he said, those who work in foreign hospitals help the economy because of their foreign currency remittances into the country, which has the effect of stabilizing the economy.
He said WMSU’s nursing graduates benefit from the high quality of education which the university has been able to achieve in the last few years due mainly to major improvements in the competence of its faculty. One result is the above average performance of its nursing students in the licensure examimation given regularly by the government.
He noted that the commencement theme of “Graduates 2006: Sustaining a Century-old Tradition of Excellence” spotlights the institution’s centennial celebration this year. It also underscores the strategic program of his stewardship, which has been to reach the highest possible level of academic and related training for its students. He noted that this achievement has been validated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) when it recently classified WMSU as a Level IV state university. The classification is the highest rating for overall educational service given by state academic institutions. (Rey-Luis Banagudos / PAO-WMSU)