Chief Justice Justice was conferred a Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, by the Philippine Christian University (PCU) during the PCU’s 80th Commencement Exercises held this morning at the Philippine International Convention Center Plenary Hall, CCP Complex in Pasay City.
Speaking as guest of honor, Chief Justice Gesmundo imparted life lessons to the graduating class of the PCU as his “graduation gift.”
“In doing so, I hope to share with you the values that you would need to nurture and hone in order to succeed amid the challenges you will face as fresh graduates,” he said.
“To our dear graduates, I will be honest with you: outside the walls of PCU, bigger challenges, higher stakes, and harder paths wait for you,” the Chief Justice shared. “But fear not, for a life built on the pillars of faith, character, and service can withstand any challenge and overcome any difficulty. Always foster the values of gratitude and humility; of honesty and trustworthiness; of respect and kindness; of diligence; of patience and perseverance; of a deep sense of social responsibility, and you will never lose your way.”
Chief Justice concluded his keynote by telling PCU’s Graduating Class of 2022 that “it is my honor to count you as my batchmates, and I am proud to join you, through this honorary degree, as alumnus of the Philippine Christian University. Dear graduates: Be good to yourselves. Be good to others. Thank God for all your blessings.” His Honorary Doctor of Humanities from the PCU is Chief Justice Gesmundo’s third honorary degree since he assumed office as head of the Judiciary. He was conferred honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the Manuel L, Quezon University School of Law in March 2022 and the Centro Escolar University in July 2021. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)