THE region’s oldest public tertiary education will formally kick of its 100th- year foundation anniversary celebration will several activities on july 17-18. Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) was founded in 1904, starting out that year as the Zamboanga Provincial Normal School, but the fact was officially established only recently by special committee created by University President Dr.Eldigario Gonzales to investigate the historical records surrounding the school’s establishment.
Hence, two-year delay in the celebration.
Public Affairs office (PAO) director Prof. Ali T. Yacub said an ecumenical thanksgiving religious service and a formal program in the Dr. Juanito Bruno Gymnasium will highlight the opening of the celebration on July 17. The day also commemorates the 10th year of Dr.Gonzales appointment as president of WMSU.
In the morning of the same day, different colleges and units will set up their individual booths at the university quadrangle to exhibit their accomplishments, profiles, productions and services, Prof.Yacub said.
In the program following the ecumenical services, which will start at 4:00 P.M., the university will present plaques
of awards and appreciation to various personages in the city, particularity its benefactors. Invited to the program are local government officials media personalities, businessman, and other community leaders.
The program will also feature a powerpoint presentation of WMSU’s intitutionalevolution. Prof. Yacub said, and will be capped by dinner.
The second day, july 18, will starts with a motorcade around the city to be participated in by the officials, personnel
and students of WMSU. Ending up at the open stage of the school, the motorcade will be followed by a program at 10 A.M.
A centennial exhibit will be inaugurated during the program, after which guests will walk through the university museum. The
exhibit is organized by the Office of Culture and The Arts.
At 3:00 P.M., the university will launch its newly-published coffee book depicting the development of the institution.
This will be followed by games, concert,sport activities and fireworks to be staged by students.
Many other activities and projects to commemorate the centennial will take place through the remainder of the year,
Prof Yacub disclosed.
The anniversary theme is “WMSU: A century of commitment to Excellence”,(Rey-Luis Banagudos/PAO-WMSU)