Today is the scheduled commencement exercises at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (see the live video streaming at http://graduation.uplb.edu.ph/). Time has passed swiftly indeed. It was only last year that we were the participants of the graduation. Now, a new batch has come to be lauded for their hardships in the academic world of UPLB. With or without honors, every new UPLB graduate deserves to be congratulated. The only thing left to be done is for them to prove that they are worthy to be called “Iskolar ng Bayan.” But of course, that challenge also applies to the earlier graduates. Even to me. Mabuhay ang mga magsisipagtapos!