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St. Mary's College Honors Br. Gus

April 6, 2011 -- Br. Augustine Boquer, FSC, Ed.D, better known as Br. Gus, received an honorary doctorate degree during solemn but simple ceremonies this afternoon at St. Mary's College Chapel. The conferment of the degree of Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Honoris Causa, was held during the De La Salle Week Convocation at the Moraga Christian Brother campus.

St. Mary's College President Br. Ronald Gallagher, FSC awarded the honorary degree on behalf of the SMC community to honor Br. Gus' transformative role as Lasallian educator. Acknowledging Br. Gus' various projects, Br. Ronald remarked that "the marginalized of society are served by projects you established, including an adult night school, a Wellness Garden, a police formation center, a retreat center complex and a medical center that provides free health care....In opening a law school and several Bahay Pag-Asa Centers for youth in conflict with the law, you model what Lasallian educator must be -- a person deeply concerned for the welfare of the poor and marginalized."

In his convocation address, Br. Gus did not rest on his laurels but energetically mapped out new noteworthy wide-reaching projects that are in the pipeline, among them medical research, environmental initiatives and a retirement center for the Christian Brothers of the Philippine District. At the symbolic Presentation of Gifts by the SMC community, Academic Senate Chair Dr. Steven Corthright was moved to comment how in 100 years the Christian Brothers have mentored students that initially numbered just a hundred at one campus to over 90,000 at several campuses throughout the archipelago today. Three of those Brothers, namely, Br. Dominic (Aquinas) Berardelli, FSC; Br. John (Fidelis) O'Neil, FSC; and Br. Brendan Madden, FSC, who helped in the early growth of Lasallian schools in the Philippines were present to celebrate Br. Gus' honorary degree conferment. As customary, members of the Board of Regents, faculty, staff and students of SMC witnessed the event. Also in attendance was Br. Richie Yap, FSC, Vice-Chancellor of De La Salle in Canlubang along with DLSAANC officers Emma Magbitang, Clem Yu and Romi Beza.

Br. Gus is currently the President of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. Among his previous responsibilities were President of University of St. La Salle in Bacolod and President/Principal at La Salle Green Hills. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from De La Salle University in Manila. He is also an alumnus of St. Mary's College, where he earned his Masters of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership in the early 1980s. Later on, Br. Gus earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod. In 2006, Br. Gus was also given an honorary doctorate degree by St. Mary's University in Minnesota for his dedication to helping others and commitment to higher education. Br. Gus will be celebrating his golden jubilee in October this year.

Congratulations, Br. Gus!

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Below is the full text of the citation honoring Br. Gus:

You embody the spirit of faith and zeal, believing that God will provide where there is a need. You have reached out and touched hearts of your students as teacher, mentor, principal and university president. Brothers and partners know you as a wellspring of strength. The marginalized of society are served by projects you established, including an adult night school, a Wellness Garden, a police formation center, a retreat center complex and a medical center that provides free health care: surgery, medication and rehabilitation. You secure funding for research to cure leukemia and dengue tropical fever. You are an innovator who reinvents education, where it is necessary, to bring hope and opportunity to those who have been abandoned by society. In opening a law school and several Bahay Pag-asa Centers for youth in conflict with the law, you model what a Lasallian educator must be -- a person deeply concerned for the welfare of the poor and marginalized.

As President of De la Salle University-Dasmarinas and President of De La Salle-Health Sciences Institute, you are creating an environmentally ideal campus as well as supporting research on Cavite Urban Development vis--vis climate change. Your expansion of bilateral ties with foreign embassies via the Museo De La Salle for Cultural Exchange and your development of the College of International Hospitality Management for promoting tourism and the appreciation of Philippine history, all exemplify your concern for education, peace and sustainability.

Brother Gus, you inspire us with your energetic and inexhaustible educational leadership. You continue ministries in spiritual healing, library book distribution. the Kundirana Music Ministry for the poor, sick, elderly and forgotten, while building a university in service of its community.

In recognition of your distinguished leadership and significant contribution to Lasallian education, it is my pleasure to honor you. On behalf of the entire community of students, staff, faculty, alumni and Board of Trustees, I confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Education in Education Leadership, Honoris Causa.

Done this sixth day of April in the year of Our Lord 2011.

(Sgd) Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC

President, St. Mary's College of California

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(Photo courtesy of Clem Yu.)

 



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