A total of 499 Grade 12 students received their diplomas during the 1st Senior High School Commencement Exercises last April 5 at the HCDC Gymnasium.
The first batch of Grade 12 graduates of the K to 12 curriculum comprises students with various strands and specialization under the academics and technical-vocational-livelihood tracks.
Donned in their graduation togas, the graduates were escorted by their parents during the traditional graduation rites.
Journey with Holy Cross
In his homily during the Eucharistic celebration, school president Rev. Msgr. Julius C. Rodulfa expressed his gratitude to the students and their parents who had journeyed with Holy Cross of Davao College for the last two years.
“This is the day the Lord has made for you, and together with your parents, teachers and our administrators we rejoice and we are glad. We also give thanks to one another, first, to the Lord who has accompanied us and to one another who had journeyed with us.”, Msgr. Rodulfa said.
Msgr. Rodulfa also urged the graduates to be missionaries and servant leaders.
“Our success, if not the most importan
t success, is to excel in living out our faith and hence, your faith, our faith and the faith of our Church is important to us in Holy Cross, that all of us students and members of the school community will have to treasure the gift of faith and share it with others.”, he said.
Words of Appreciation
In her speech, Mikaela George G. Anguren (STEM) who topped among the graduates with high honors acknowledged teachers, parents, classmates and friends for giving them the best and fruitful experience in their senior high school journey.
“May I call everyone to please redefine your success by what we have done for the glory of God. Let us be reminded that all we have achieved in this world, those medals, certificates and recognitions will all be forgotten, but all works made for the Lord are the ones to be remembered. Let our goals be focused in giving glory to God as we were created merely all for His glory. Life is too short for us to waste chasing things that could never satisfy – money could never satisfy, manly love could never satisfy, fame could never satisfy but we can only be satisfied by the grace of God.” Anguren said.
Since the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum in 2016, the HCDC Basic Education Department has offered various specialized training for students in their selected field of expertise including Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HumSS), Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), General Academic Strand (GAS), Sports track and technical-vocational tracks like Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Home Economics.