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IAU’s Virtual Graduation & Completion Ceremonies: A Trailblazing Success amid COVID-19

by The Airwatch Board of Editors

Indiana Aerospace University (IAU) held their first-ever Joint University Virtual Graduation and Completion Ceremonies last October 24, 2020 at the Aerospacers Hall from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM which was streamed live at the IAU Facebook Page. The event was spearheaded by Dr. Jovenal B. Toring, IAU Founder and President, and Mdm. Celia Toring, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, together with Chief Executive Officer, Harold E. Toring; the Dean of all Colleges, Dr. Nonita P. Legaspi and Student Affairs Officer and Event Technical Director, Ms. Maria Luz G. Cahayagan. Also onboard were the basic education administration and faculty and the department chairs of the college who graced their presence physically at the venue. 

Secretary Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana, the 36th Secretary of National Defense of the Republic of the Philippines, was the honorary commencement speaker of the Joint University Virtual Graduation and Completion Ceremonies. Secretary Lorenzana underscored in his commencement message that the country is in need of patriots now more than ever as we transition to the new normal.  He urged IAU graduates to contribute to nation building and be imbued with the zeal of public service as they rise in rank from their chosen careers. He quipped that what matters is you (IAU Graduates) choose to do the greatest good for your country.

Event Technical Director and Students Affairs Officer Ms. Maria Luz G. Cahayagan was grateful for the success of the Virtual Graduation Ceremony stating it was the better alternative during these challenging times as the culmination of years of studies ended with a socially distant, online farewell.  She remarked, “Although this is certainly not the graduation I anticipated, it does not make this journey less meaningful.”

Expressing how he felt about the virtual graduation, Chief Executive Officer Harold E. Toring said, “Prior to the graduation, I was excited [for] it was the first time in IAU history to hold a virtual graduation. For 27 years we’ve been doing the graduation and completion ceremonies traditionally.” Sir Harold was a bit regretful as he believed the Administration could have sent them off with the IAU-brand of graduation rites where graduates and their parents received the diploma on stage; however, it could not be done due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, he felt relieved that the ceremony was one for the books.

The graduates also expressed how they felt with regard to the first-ever joint university virtual graduation and completion ceremonies. Jan Nicole Crencia, who majored Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) and who graduated with honors, said he felt happy because even if the world is still being ravaged by the pandemic, they were given the chance to graduate online and be recognized for their achievements. Another graduate in the person of May Hyacinth G. Gocotano, who finished Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering graduate with cum laude merit and being this year’s recipient of the leadership award, had this to say: “Honestly, it wasn’t the most ideal way of graduating especially for college students like us. You’ll get to experience graduation once in your life and having it virtually was a little bit sad. But considering the situation we are having right now, the virtual graduation was really the best option for us. And kudos to IAU for successfully organizing the first virtual graduation.”

It may not be the ideal or traditional way of conducting the graduation and completion ceremonies, the event was nevertheless a memorable one! Indeed, the adventure has just begun for the graduates and completers of the Class of 2020 of Indiana Aerospace University! May you heed what Henry David Thoreau said to “go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined!”

On Your Mark, Get Set, GOAL!

Seeking for motivation to keep you going on your dreams and aspirations in life in the midst of this pandemic may seem to be tough. But hey, it is definitely not impossible!

We are inviting you once again, Aerospacers to join us as we have our 3rd webinar series entitled “On your mark, Get set, GOAL! With our motivational speaker, Vanessa S. Ocampo, President of Milestones and Breakthrough Consultancy, and be inspired even more from a sharing of our IAU Alumnus, Engr. John Paul Daliva, who is now a Mechanic in Singapore Airlines Engineering Philippines.

Webinar shall be thru Zoom on November 14, 2020 at 2:00pm. Zoom webinar link shall be posted on your portal. Kitakits Aerospacers!

Mental Wellness Amidst the Pandemic

“Health isn’t just about what you eat, It’s about what you are thinking and feeling too.”

Aerospacers! We are inviting you once again to join us in our 2nd webinar in cooperation with the IAU Guidance Office entitled “Mental Wellness Amidst the Pandemic” with our speaker, Dr. Joy Bueno, FPPA, DPCAM

Join us on October 10, 2020, Saturday at 2:00pm as we learn and try to understand more about the matters of our mind and well-being especially now that we are experiencing a pandemic that has certainly changed the way we live.

The Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux – IAU 28th Anniversary

In celebration of our school chapel’s 20th Founding Year, and the Feast day of the school’s patron saint. Daily Novena Masses in honor of St Therese of Lisieux are streamed live on the school’s Facebook page starting September 25 until October 3, 2020 at 3:30 in the afternoon.

On October 4, 2020, we will be celebrating the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux which will be celebrated by the Military Bishop of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Most Rev Fr Oscar Jaime Florencio and will be Co-Presided by Most Rev. Fr. Andres D. Rivera Jr., OSA. We are reminding devotees, and the faithful to observe the IATF protocols such as wearing of face mask and shield. Strict social distancing shall be implemented in the chapel for the Pontifical Mass and temperature shall be checked as well prior to entering in the chapel. This has already been approved by Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard ” Ahong” Q. Chan and Cebu City Mayor Edgar C. Labella, the incoming Hermano Mayor for the upcoming feast day of St. Therese.

Let us be one in prayer of all our intentions through the intercession of St Therese of Lisieux!! Viva St. Therese!

IAU launches ALTIMETER: a flexible learning platform

As the country and the rest of the world are continually being ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, let alone the climate of fear and uncertainty it creates, various sectors are beset with decisions to keep up with the impending demands under the state of the “new normal”. The education sector is no exception. 

For this reason, Indiana Aerospace University (IAU) takes on a proactive approach to address the challenges posed by the pandemic guided by the protocols from the National government, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the local government units by migrating to a flexible learning platform called the Alternative Instructional Method Electronic Resource or ALTIMETER.  This is set to be launched for pilot use during the Summer Term in June and July.

The name ALTIMETER was inspired from the actual altimeter or altitude meter, a flight instrument which measures the height of an aircraft above a fixed level.  Customized for the school’s unique academic culture, ALTIMETER is designed to gauge student learning in virtual wireless scenarios based from the D2L platform, a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) used popularly in top universities around the world offering online and remote education.

What makes this program advantageous is that it does not require students to be available every day for an online class.  Unlike the traditional summer term set-up in which a 3-unit course runs a schedule of five days a week with two hours of contact time, this will entail only minimal online synchronous interaction. The rest of the class days will be intended for blended learning modes such as assigned readings, worksheets, modules, and the like. ALTIMETER can readily be downloaded in mobile phones and can also be accessed using laptops or desktop computers. It requires minimum data/internet usage to run, hence, making it convenient and user-friendly.

The University emphasizes that enrolment to the summer term is optional.  Students who cannot enrol in the summer term in June are allowed to take the summer courses in the regular semesters on top of their regular subjects. Meanwhile those who are interested should have the means and capacity to go online and are open to use technological platforms. Enrolment and other school requests will be transacted online.

Guided by the emergency remote teaching paradigm which is a temporary shift from traditional instructional modes to alternative means with full consideration of the capacities and resources of its clientele, IAU supports the education sector’s stance for continuity of instruction amid the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is hoped that with the full implementation of ALTIMETER, the Filipino brand of resiliency will prevail and empower the Aerospacers, future aviators of this country, for a renewed commitment to life-long learning, as did the founding fathers of the aviation industry who weathered the storms.


Aspiring cabin crew applicants flocked to Indiana Aerospace University’s (IAU) Aerospacers’ Hall with high hopes to fly for the country’s flag carrier, PAL Express. Supervised by Mr. Leonides V. Peña, AVP Director of In-flight Services and Training Department, the recruitment by PAL Express was aimed at hiring more cabin crew personnel owing to the airliner’s unprecedented demand. “There is a need to hire more cabin crews”, says Mr. Peňa, “but applicants must meet the standards.” Further, the activity was held to accommodate competent applicants who have difficulty in making it to Manila. According to him, they [PAL Ex] are usually the ones reaching out to applicants nationwide, especially those outside of Metro Manila.

Asked why IAU was the chosen place to hold the event, Mr. Peña quips, “Because IAU is generous enough to open the doors to accommodate applicants even if they are not graduates from their school.”

This in a way makes IAU the favourite hub for aspiring airline/aviation professionals as more airline companies and service providers collaborate with the school yearly for career opportunities here and abroad.


On February 4, 2020, Canada’s Sault College, as represented by its Vice President, Strategic International Development Richard W. Peters, met with Indiana Aerospace University’s Chief Executive Officer Harold E. Toring to tackle the forthcoming consortium between the two schools especially in the aviation and airline course offerings.

Both parties were very positive as they looked into not only the congruence in curricular offerings and amenities but also the myriad academic and career opportunities such as student-and-faculty exchange program, summer camp, andinternship which will benefit IAU senior high school and college students, faculty, and stakeholders. Present at the meeting were Dr. Nonita P. Legaspi, Dean of Colleges; Capt. Marc Aron Y. Uy, Aviation Department Head; Ms. Fairlane Inso and Dr. Christian Ray C. Licen, former program consultant.

After the meeting, Mr. Toring walked Mr. Peters through the Aviation Simulacrum building which features IAU’s flight simulator. As higher education institutions are moving towards international academic mobilization and linkages, IAU is surely on the go!

Air Traffic Management Officer (ATMO) Exam

Paper-and-pencil entrance test will be given on March 28 (Sat) from 7:00am-12:00pm at the IAU Aerospacers’ Hall.

Interested applicants may submit to the CAAP Office,
Mactan before March 24 the following requirements:
1. Transcript of Records (original or authenticated).
2. College Diploma (original or authenticated).
3. NBI Clearance (original).
4. PSA Birth Certificate (original).
5. 2 copies 2×2 ID picture on white background.


General Familiarization Course


There is no stopping Indiana Aerospace University (IAU) in beefing up its linkages especially with the country’s premier aviation service provider, Aviation Partnership (Phils.) Corporation. In November 2019, the first batch of forty (40) Aerospacers was taken on-board for the General Familiarization Course in Airbus A320. They were trained by the high-calibre technical instructors of Aplus.
The short training is an integral component in the AMT 222: Airframe and Powerplant academic course which is offered on the second year of the Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (BS AMT) program. Students enrolled in AMT 222 ought to complete the 40-hour training which comprises lectures and practical activities within a week. More batches from around the two hundred AMT majors will be sent to Aplus Philippines in the days to come.
This is said to be the only initiative among the aviation schools in the country to incorporate practical training in the academic program. IAU continues to innovate in its curriculum by forging industry partnerships so that the Aerospacers, the future aviation professionals in the country, will have already mastered the essential skills during their academic and ground training with the school. Indeed, what more can be true when Amelia Earhart said that you have not really seen a tree until you have seen its shadow from the sky!


2020 Air Traffic Controller Career Orientation

In line with the upcoming Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP) paper-and-pencil entrance test for the Comprehensive Air Traffic Service Course Batch 15. There will be a Career Talk about Air Traffic Controller on February 12, 2020, 2 o’ clock in the afternoon at the Aerospacers Hall. for interested applicants, please feel free to attend the said orientation. Thank you!


LOOK: Aerospacers! Be fully aware of the Precautionary Measures to take against the Novel Corona Virus Acute Respiratory Disease (2019 N-COV ARD).

Please be informed that the school will be conducting MANDATORY TEMPERATURE CHECKS at Gates 2 & 4 starting on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Students with fever are advised to stay at home.

Furthermore, Aerospacers are advised to arrive early at school to avoid delays in entering the campus. We are hoping for your cooperation on this matter.


All for Sto. Niño! Fluvial Procession 2020

There are always flowers to those who want to see them. Credits to The Freeman for capturing the perfect moment.

#Aerospacers #AllForStoNiño Our hearfelt gratitude to these dedicated mechanics and pilots who made #FluvialProcession2020 safe and meaningful to all devotees of Señor Sto. Niño.

IAUs first Mobile Legend Campus Tournament Champion

#Aerospacers notable affinity towards the most popular mobile game was evident last Wednesday when Globe Telecom brought MOBILE LEGEND to #IAU. A total of 60 teams (5 players per team) participated and battled it out for the much coveted honor on being IAUs first Mobile Legend Campus Tournament Champion.

Our heartfelt gratitude to our gracious sponsor; from left to right: Niña Marie E. Pepito, Globe Telecom Programs and Partnership Representative; Teresita Descartin, Territory Sales Head-Consumer Prepaid; Harold Toring; Kirki John Trazo, Territory Sales Head and Nelon delos Santos, Globe Customer Development Manager.


Indiana Aerospace University on the occasion of its 27th Founding Anniversary in partnership with Globe Telecom ushers one of the country’s most popular mobile games. MOBILE LEGENDS – CAMPUS TOURNAMENT. Cash prizes await the heroes of this year’s ML universe.
Mobile Legends is one of the eSports IAU offers for Intramurals 2019 along with DOTA and Battle to Throttle.