On Friday, April 8, 2011, three hundred seven (307) students of Tuloy sa Don Bosco School received their certificates during the 14th Commencement Exercises. The event started with a Mass at the Chapel of the Forgiving Lord at 8:30 A.M. followed by the graduation ceremony at 10:00 A.M. in the Tuloy Gym.
Rancelyn Briones (Level 3A), Nicolien Romero (Level 5A) and Lemuel D. Luna (Automotive Servicing NCII) were this year’s valedictorians.
Thirty students received Academic and Conduct Excellence Awards in the Basic Education (elementary and high school levels) and Vocational Technical (VocTech) courses while five VocTech students were given “Best in Shop” awards. A total of 22 gold, 8 silver, and 10 bronze medals were given to these graduates for their exemplary performance throughout the school year.
The guest speaker was Mr. Edmond T. Aguilar, Member of the Board of Trustees of Tuloy Foundation, Inc. and Rotary Club of Chinatown-Manila President from 2004-2005. He told the graduates that they are luckier compared to those who graduate from other schools because Tuloy assists in deploying them to different companies for on-the-job training (OJT) where they can eventually be hired if they work well. After requesting the graduates to rise and read Rotary’s Four-Way Test, he advised them to use these as their guide in life.
Rancelyn Briones, valedictorian from Level 3A (elementary school level), gave the Welcome Address.
Nicolien Romero, valedictorian from Level 5A (high school level), delivered his Speech of Gratitude where he thanked God and all the people who were instrumental in the achievement of his goals—Fr. Rocky, benefactors, teachers, Tuloy staff and heads of house, and his family.
Lemuel D. Luna from the Automotive class gave the Valedictory Address. In his speech, he shared that the values he learned from Tuloy led him to succeed in his studies. These are excellence, hard work, perseverance, and being close to God.
Fr. Rocky G. Evangelista,SDB, President and Project Director of Tuloy Foundation, Inc., gave his closing remarks. He addressed all the graduates and reminded them that they are important, they can succeed, and that they are a product of man’s best effort and God’s grace.