Eleven deaf candidates from the Main San Mateo Campus and six from Tiaong Quezon Branch make up the graduating batch of students who marched during the 16th Commencement Exercises held at Luyong Restaurant Marikina last May 31.
This activity is one of the highlights in the yearlong celebration of 25th Anniversary of Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf. With the theme “MCCID, 25 Years of God’s Grace, Overflowing…”, the activity was attended by the administration and staff of MCCID as well as parents and guardians of the graduating class who were also the event’s special guests.
Sir Ervin Reyes, MCCID Deaf Coordinator enumerated the overflowing blessings MCCID has received for the past 25 years from starting at a small 100 sqm rented hole in Sta. Mesa Manila to a slightly bigger yet still rented place in Cubao Quezon City while saving enough finances to put up its very own property in San Mateo, Rizal. In 2012, the school moved to a spacious nearly one hectare picturesque hill in Bgy. Silangan. It now houses a two-storey school building with a newly installed covered deck floor, a full court basketball court, a special three-door dormitory, a guest house and a 15 square meter swimming pool complete with cottages and airconditioned “Bahay Kubo” room.
Elizer R. Famadico is this year’s class Salutatorian while Rodrigo S. Bacalso Jr. was awarded as 1st Honorable Mention. 25 more students also received special awards and recognition including Rhold Michael R. Fernandez who received a special plaque for participating and receiving bronze medal in 2014 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities held in Busan, South Korea.
This event was capped by a surprise recognition to Ma’am Edalyn Vasthi San Juan for serving as Values Education and English Instructor of MCCID College for more than five years. A special plaque of recognition as well as cash gift were awarded to her. In her acceptance speech, Ma’am Edalyn thanked the school for giving her the experience and also for the students for patiently learning.
MCCID Training Director Remberto “Jojo” Esposa Jr. was the event’s sign language interpreter and overall coordinator.