Amid armed conflict in Marawi City, more than 2,000 evacuees earn college degrees

MANILA-- Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan on Thursday expressed her admiration to the graduates of Mindanao State University (MSU) of Marawi City who earned their college degrees Thursday in the midst of the clashes between the military and the Maute terrorist groups.

Warmest congratulations to the graduates of Mindanao State University(MSU) Main Campus, who received their diplomas this morning of July 13, 2017 at the MSU Iligan Institute of Technology (IIT), Iligan City, Lanao del Norte,Licuanan said in a congratulatory message obtained by PNA.

While it would have been easy to succumb to despair and surrender the quest to achieve their dreams, the graduates showed resilience and faith and ultimately obtained their degrees, despite difficult odds, Licuanan said.

This was in the midst of the chaos and violence which commenced last May and wreaked havoc in Marawi

The Commission, she said, expressed its admiration to the graduates of MSU-Marawi who have endured and overcome the trials of the past two months.

The society needs more young men and women who strive to be firm and steadfast in the face of adversity, and who are, by their experiences, made intensely aware of themselves and their potentials to help those around them,she said.

Like those who came before them, she said, the MSU-Marawi graduates contribute greatly to the safety, rehabilitation, and development of their region, and to eventual peace in Mindanao.

Out of 2,200 graduates from MSU Marawi, only 877 were reportedly able to join the 52nd Commencement Exercises for class 2017 at the MSU Iligan Institute of Technology(MSU-IIT) in Iligan City

Source: Philippines News Agency