Attending my brother’s Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan graduation rites

xu_graduationI attended a very special ceremony at the Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) last weekend.

My youngest brother graduated from college last Saturday, March 21, 2009. Yay! I’m really very proud of him.

He was one of the graduates who marched and received their diplomas in the afternoon (2nd batch).

The afternoon batch was composed of graduates from the colleges of Agriculture, Law, Engineering, Graduate School etc.

I haven’t attended a graduation ceremony in years so I was a bit worried that it might take a lot of time (I remember my college graduation took about 4 hours!). Thankfully, the Ateneo de Cagayan graduation ceremonies that day started on time (3:30 pm) and ended roughly 2 hours and a half later.

The graduation rites were orderly although I was a bit baffled as to why the parents/guardians had to stay at the 2nd floor bleachers of the Xavier University Gymnasium when there were empty lower bleachers. Check out the photo I took.

I also learned that the graduation ceremony was being webcast live. Xavier University President Fr. Jose Villarin, SJ announced this during his message to the graduates. He said that there were roughly 250 people who viewed the graduation ceremony in the morning (1st batch). Ah, graduation ceremonies are now high-tech! This is good, of course, since alumni members around the world can watch the graduation rites or if a certain graduate’s relatives can’t attend the ceremony, then they can just view the event online.

Hopefully other schools in the country, especially here in Mindanao, can follow suit.

To the graduates of Class 2009 – congratulations! And to my dear brother – you’re loved! I’m so proud of you 🙂

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Mindanaoan Irene

Mindanaoan is a multi-awarded blogger, social media strategist, publicist, Google Business Group - Women lead organizer, avid traveler and a proud relief operations volunteer. She is also a regular resource person for social media and blogging related conferences/workshops here and abroad. In 2012, Mindanaoan also completed a US Gov't. Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program for emerging global leaders. She toured the U.S. for about a month for her IVLP experience. She is the founder of a bloggers group and social media club. She is also an active member of several online media, bloggers and social media enthusiasts groups all over the world. Mindanaoan is available for work and travel. Contact Mindanaoan at

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