Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, a notable higher education leader in the Philippines, graced the Aurora State College of Technology 36th Commencement Exercises on July 21, 2023, held at Baler Sports Complex. As the President of Batangas State University and PASUC, he is known for championing innovation and reforms in higher education. Dr. Ronquillo warmly greeted ASCOT officials, graduates, and their proud parents, highlighting the importance of this milestone for both graduates and their families.

During his speech, he praised ASCOT for its remarkable achievements in education, research, and agricultural innovation, while encouraging graduates to choose a field of expertise and become leaders in their chosen discipline. He emphasized the value of good values and virtues instilled by ASCOT, urging graduates not to compromise them in any situation. “You may be competent in all areas, or in some specific areas, but after all it’s values, its virtues” Ronquillo said.

Dr. Ronquillo also expressed gratitude for the government’s efforts in providing free education and encouraged graduates to give back to the community and make wise decisions in their future endeavors. He concluded by congratulating the graduates and ASCOT for producing future productive citizens of the country, celebrating life and achievements with gratitude and pride. As his parting words “Muli po ako ay bumabati sa inyong lahat, sa ating mga magulang, sa ating mga nagsipagtapos, this is a celebration.. of our achievements, achievements that you must be thankful of, value it, enjoy it. Serve our country, our family, the industry and community through your degrees through your diplomas” Ronquillo shared to everyone.