MMSU GRADUATION RITES. The 2,172-strong Mariano Marcos State University Batch of 2016 was led by 154 honor graduates (14 magna cum laude and 140 cum laude) during the MMSU’s 38th Commencement Exercises held last April 5 at the main campus in Batac City, Ilocos Norte. Speaking before the graduates, guest of honor Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. (inset), director of Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), underscored the value of education and how the graduates could contribute to inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development, the focus of SEARCA’s programs until 2019. Currently headed by President Dr. Prima Fe Franco, MMSU is a multi-campus university dubbed as one of the best equipped and excellent institutions of higher learning in the country. (Photo courtesy of Leah Lyn D. Domingo)