Effective Development Communications Unit

Gov. Edgar Chatto, who authored Republic Act 9722 creating the Bohol Island State University conferred academic excellence and leadership excellence awards to outstanding graduates of Bohol’s one and only state university during graduation rites Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Candijay Campus Multi-Purpose Hall.

Chatto cheered graduates on, telling them to never stop dreaming as he congratulated and wished them well as they move forward to another chapter in their lives. The governor likened dreaming and working hard to achieve dreams much like how BISU as an institution was created into a university that now produces top notch graduates.

He also expounded on the variety of opportunities that await graduates, both as members of the workforce as well as in business and entrepreneurship.

BISU President Elpidio Magante, who introduced Chatto as the Father of BISU, emphasized par excellence, outcomes-based education, ASEAN integration, and sustainable development as key words that defined BISU as he challenged graduates to commit to world-class service and create a mark in the community.

260 graduates make up Batch 2016 graduates at the Candijay Campus completing degrees in Environmental Resource Management, Fisheries and Marine Sciences, Marine Biology, Fishery Education, Education, Computer Science, and Hotel and Restaurant Service Technology as well as graduate studies in Education.

Education cum laude April Rose Ligtas received the Gov. Edgar Chatto Academic Excellence Award while Fishery Education cum laude Jeffrey Sumargo received the Gov. Edgar Chatto Leadership Award.

The 40th commencement rites at the BISU Candijay Campus was themed “Onward to Sustainable ASEAN Integration.”

Chief of Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) Aquaculture Department in Tigbauan, Iloilo and Candijay-born aquaculture scientist Dr. Felix G. Ayson was keynote speaker.

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