Visayas State University will hold its 67th Commencement Exercises virtually on September 30, 2020. All Class of 2020 graduates of the VSU system are required to submit a video of themselves, which will be showcased in the ceremonies.

The deadline for submission is on September 21, 2020, Monday. Please read and follow the instructions carefully as you prepare and submit your video. 

TL:DR...

  • All graduates have to submit a video for the graduation ceremony.
  • In the video, you will be in Filipinana attire.
  • Honor graduates will submit another video for the President’s Tribute.
  • Submissions will be sent to your specific departments through a special email address.
  • Only videos submitted on or before September 21 will be accepted.
  • If you did not submit anything, your department will choose a photo for you. (Hashtag NoViscanLeftBehind)

Now for the specifics.

Taking the video 

Technical specifications

  • Should be at least 720p, maximum 4K
  • Aspect ratio should be 16:9 widescreen
  • May be shot using any device (video camera, DSLR, or smartphone)
  • No watermarks or overlays
  • No color filters and other enhancements
  • Any file format, but preferably MP4 

Framing

  • You should be at the center of the frame
  • Bottom frame should crop at the navel level ( pusod ) to give space for your bow
  • Top frame should have a head space of about one palm high (or 4-6 inches)
  • The camera should be at your eye-level

Location and surroundings

  • Anywhere, but outdoors with plants and trees is recommended
  • Ensure that you are facing the lighting source. If outdoors, the best time is from 4:30 to 5:30 PM facing the sun. If indoors, a mix of yellow and white ceiling lights give the best impression on the skin.
  • No unbecoming or distracting elements should be in the background (like bystanders, pieces of trash, flashing lights, etc.).
  • Sound will not be included so don’t worry about noise. 

For the distribution of diplomas (Filipiniana) 

All graduates must submit a 15-second video of themselves, which will be shown during the distribution of diplomas while your college dean reads your name (and your major and latin honors, if any).

Attire

  • For men:
    • Barong tagalog (white to off- or cream-white)
    • Plain, white undershirt, sando, or camisa de chino
  • For women:
    • Filipiniana aka Maria Clara gown or traje de mestiza (white to off- or cream-white)
  • Makeup or powder: Recommended but not required
  • No restrictions on hairdressing
  • Modest jewelry is allowed
  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses are allowed
  • No medals, corsages, or other accessories

Alternative attire only when Filipiniana (for men and women) is unavailable:

  • Plan B: White to off- or cream-white longsleeves and tie (for men) and white to off- or cream-white dress (for women)

Timing

  • 00:00 to 00:09 - Smile while looking at the camera for 9 seconds
  • 00:09 to 00:10 - Place your right hand on the left side of the chest and then bow slightly for 1 second (make sure not to bow too low)
  • 00:10 to 00:11 - Stand back straight and continue smiling, while putting right hand back down
  • 00:11 to 00:15 - Smile while looking at the camera for 4 seconds

Email instructions: Send the video to the assigned email address with the subject: “ VSU Grad - Student Number - Surname ” (Example: “VSU Grad - 16-1-00001 - Dela Cruz”) and attach the video with the filename: “Student number - Surname” (Example: 16-1-00001 - Dela Cruz.mp4).

For the conferment of degrees

All honor graduates (and 2-3 more graduates selected by the department) of each program must submit a 10-second video of themselves in their appropriate academic toga switching their tassel from right to left.

Attire

  • Your academic toga and cap with the color of the tassel signifying your academic field. Note: Undergraduate students (except for DVM) will not wear any hood.
  • Tassel should be worn on the right
  • For men:
    • Long Sleeves (preferably white or pastel in color) with tie under the toga
  • For women:
    • Dress without collar under the toga
  • Makeup or powder: Recommended but not required
  • Hairdressing should not interfere with the cap
  • Modest jewelry is allowed
  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses are allowed
  • No medals, corsages, or other accessories

Timing

  • 00:00 to 00:03 - Smile while looking at the camera. Try your best not to make unnecessary eye movements
  • 00:03 to 00:05 - With your right hand, transfer your tassel from your right to left
  • 00:05 to 00:10 - Continue smiling while looking at the camera

Email instructions: Along with your diploma video (see instructions above), attach the video with the filename: “Student number - Surname - Tassel” (Example: 16-1-00001 - Dela Cruz - Tassel.mp4).

For the President’s Tribute to the Honor Graduates

All honor graduates must submit a 15-second video of themselves in their appropriate academic toga, which will be shown in the President’s Tribute.

Attire

  • Your academic toga and cap with the color of the tassel signifying your academic field. Note: Undergraduate students (except for DVM) will not wear any hood.
  • Tassel should already be worn on the left
  • For men:
    • Long Sleeves (preferably white or pastel in color) with tie under the toga
  • For women:
    • Dress without collar under the toga
  • Makeup or powder: Recommended but not required
  • Hairdressing should not interfere with the cap
  • Modest jewelry is allowed
  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses are allowed
  • No medals, corsages, or other accessories

Timing

  • 00:00 to 00:09 - Smile while looking at the camera for 9 seconds
  • 00:09 to 00:10 - Place your right hand on the left side of the chest and then bow slightly for 1 second (make sure not to bow too low)
  • 00:10 to 00:11 - Stand back straight and continue smiling, while putting right hand back down
  • 00:11 to 00:15 - Smile while looking at the camera for 4 seconds

Email instructions: Along with your diploma video (see instructions above), attach the video with the filename: “Student number - Surname - Honor” (Example: 16-1-00001 - Dela Cruz - Honor.mp4).

Where do I send the video?

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What if I cannot shoot and send a video?

Because we want to make sure that we could feature everyone during the graduation ceremonies, the following are our options:

  • Plan B: You may submit a landscape photo version of you in Filipinana. (The framing and shooting guidelines will be similar to the video submission.)
  • Plan C: The department will look for a photo of you in formal wear.
  • Plan D: The department will use the photo you uploaded in the student portal.
  • Plan E: Only your name and the VSU logo.

For inquiries regarding the graduation, contact the VSU Web Team by calling (053) 565 0600 Local 1089 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Congratulations, Viscans!