AROUND 15,000 students are back to school in Batac City in Ilocos Norte filling the empty colleges, classrooms, streets and hallways of Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) for two long years due to the pandemic.
According to Daniel Tapaoan Jr., MMSU information officer, the university opened its gate on August 25 to welcome students who are up and action-ready for full face-to-face classes this first semester of the Academic Year 2022-2023.
University officials said they witnessed how excited the students were as they entered the gates of the university to experience MMSU's brand of quality education.
Tapaoan said there were some 4,500 first-year college students who attended the orientation program to officially start the new academic year.
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MMSU President Shirley Agrupis welcomed the students saying that their presence at the university is not an accident.
"It is your mark of excellence because you all passed the rigors of the admission and enrollment processes. This activity is a manifestation that you deserve to be in this university," Agrupis said.
She also congratulated them and expressed hope that the number of students that she welcomed is the same number that will be graduating after four years.
Prima Fe Franco, MMSU vice president for academic affairs, also reminded the students to attend classes regularly while observing minimum public health standards in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Franco also encouraged the students to exert efforts to pass all the requirements, empower themselves with digital technologies, and enhance their 21st-century skills.
She said the university has fully complied with the requirements set by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), Department of Health (DoH) and component local government units for a face-to-face classes.