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College of Maritime Cadets complete Academic Requirements
College of Maritime Cadets complete Academic Requirements

By: Vicente Santos

11/28/2018

By: Vicente Santos

11/28/2018

Following the traditions of the maritime industry, the 3rd year cadets from the Our Lady of Fatima University College of Maritime Education (OLFU-CME) gathered together for a formal recognition of the completion of their academic requirements in the 21st Ring and Rose Ceremony. Along with their family and loved ones, the cadets gleamed in their all-white uniforms at the Patio Queen Sofia, Valenzuela City last 6 November 2018.

The Ring and Rose Ceremony is annually conducted by OLFU-CME for their maritime students that were able to meet all academic requirements asked from their respective programs, namely, Bachelor of Science in Maritime Transportation and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering.

Olfu Cme 21st Ring And Rose Ceremony (collage)

At the event, students received their class ring after parents dipped it into a bowl of water which, supposedly, represents the seven seas; all these while standing under a giant replica of the said ring. The class ring symbolizes the cadets’ commitment to the seafarers’ industry and loyalty to their Alma Mater, OLFU-CME. The ring will also serve as a reminder of their bond to not only the institution, but also to their fellow cadets that had become their friends through their academic years.

On the other hand, to show their undying love and appreciation for their family and loved ones who had supported them through their education which aided them to get to where they are now, the students gave their family a tangible symbol of love: a single red rose.

Aside from the traditions held at the ceremony, motivational speeches were delivered by OLFU-CME Dean, Capt. Eutiquio R. Reyes Jr. and Guest of Honor; Harbor Pilot, Capt. Ian H. Salongsongan.
Being in the maritime industry is tough indeed but the two captains spoke of encouragement as they shared their personal experiences while working in the field. The speeches were wrapped up with a parting message to the cadets to pursue their dreams of becoming seafarers no matter how hard it may seem and to always keep their faith in God.