Almost to mark its 70th year of existence, Foundation University has its own way of celebrating the achievement of students and their families – the traditional “harana.”
The practice began in the 1990s and since then, it has been kept as a tradition – part of the annual graduation week activities of the University.
“Harana” has been part of the Filipino culture and was used by men in the community for the purpose of courtship. Later on, this was adopted by church groups and organizations as a special means of conveying birthday greetings and was usually held at dawn.
But for Foundation University, “Harana” has been reinvented into a graduation tradition to recognize the achievements of those who top the graduating class.
The University takes extra effort in traveling to the students’ place of origin with a team led by administrators, faculty, staff and some students along with the Abuhuni Choir who will render the songs to celebrate the victory of the student achievers.
Foundation University’s “Harana” team will be able to meet, in flesh, the parents and the whole family of the class valedictorian and salutatorian. This is an opportune time to hand over the simple token and certification of recognition.
Through the practice, the University recognizes the effort, support and sacrifices not only by the students but also of the parents who were responsible enough to send their children to the institution.
Words from the University Chancellor
To hands over felicitations on behalf of the University, Chancellor Faisal M. Alih delivered equally-inspiring messages. For Alih, the path that the honor students took was not an easy one. He then quoted the latin phrase, “Ad astra per aspera” (“To the stars through difficulties”). This was his way of recognizing the efforts and sacrifices made by the students in order to achieve the said honor of being hailed as valedictorian and salutatorian.
Chancellor Alih stressed on the University’s mission of providing opportunities for quality education and the end game of which was a challenge to the honorees – to create impact to the community.
The student achievers, for Chancellor Alih, are monuments built by the instructors not with concrete materials but in a form of a human who has been touched by their concern and mentorship in the past years while in college.
Chancellor Alih expressed his gratefulness to the parents for trusting Foundation University’s educational system to form their children into proactive and responsible professionals in their chosen fields of endeavor.