May 30, 2023 13:59:PM
MARCH 15, 2023—The City College of Angeles' Institute of Education, Arts, and Sciences conducted the 7th Pinning Ceremony for 314 pre-service teachers in-person at the CCA Covered Court.
The ceremony started with the procession of teacher candidates from Bachelor of Arts in English Language Studies (BAELS), Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (BS Math), Bachelor of Special Needs Education (BSNE), Bachelor of Technical-Vocational Teacher Education (BTVTEd), and Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd).
IEAS Council Treasurer Jemhaica Lugtu then formally opened the ceremony by leading the invocation, followed by the singing of the national anthem led by the CCA Tinig Angeleño.
Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Carolina A. Sarmiento highlighted in her opening remarks that “Teaching is more of a service. Your job is not to deliver the lesson—but to create opportunities.”
Acting IEAS Dean Levita P. De Guzman reiterated to the pre-service teachers the purpose of the pinning ceremony—that it “marks a milestone in the teacher candidate's commitment; to lifelong learning and professionalism.”
Master of Ceremony Grace Lobo then introduced the Roman Catholic, Iglesia ni Cristo, Christian Congregation, and Islam representatives for the Ecumenical Prayer that signifies the unity we share despite the individual differences.
Parents and some faculty members bestowed the IEAS pins that signify their status as officially recognized pre-service teachers.
Acting Academic Coordinator Louella P. Mamuyac introduced the guest speaker, Acting Practicum/OJT Coordinator Marvin “Sir Binoy” C. Punsalan. He opened his speech with an excerpt from the song Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera), further sharing that it was initially not his calling to be a teacher but eventually grew to love his current profession.
In his speech, Punsalan imparted a set of reminders using his nickname, ‘SIR B’, as its mnemonics. He urges the pre-service teachers to “Serve, Innovate, Relate (to their future students) and Be You (referring to trust in themselves more).”
“You teach because you want others to have a fulfilled life. Teaching is not about the teacher—it is about the nation,” he added.
Punsalan concluded his speech with the very famous line from Whitney Houston’s classic Greatest Love of All (which coincidentally was one of the intermission numbers prepared by the CCA Performing Arts):
I believe the children are our future
Geach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be
Executive Assistant to the President Dr. Grace Tyler relayed the message of the OIC-College President Dr. Francisco L. Villanueva Jr:
make the teaching profession better, and make an impact. We are on in this journey of transforming the CCA values into actions; vision into reality; obstacles into innovations; separateness into solidarity
The pre-service teachers responded their pledge of commitment guided by IEAS Council President Chester Money.
Through the Pinning Ceremony, teacher candidates were formally welcomed into the teaching profession as pre-service teachers, marking the official start of their journey.
Photos by: CCA PHOENIX