Sorsogon State College upgraded to university

The Sorsogon State College (SSC) was conferred with university status recently by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) represented by its Chairman Prospero De Vera lll, in a ceremony held at the newly-declared university’s audio-visual hall.

In a statement, Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero announced that the Sorsogon State University will be offering health related courses in the near future. He also said that Sorsogon State University (SSU) is set to open B.S. Biology and Nursing courses in the next two years.


During the event, the institution’s new logo and its new university hymn were unveiled while the SSC Marching Band performed for the last time the SSC Hymn and paid tribute to its composer, Prof. Marigrace Despi Carretero.


Marigrace Carretero is currently an associate professor at the SSU.


A teacher and scholar, she was awarded the Most Outstanding Teacher of Sorsogon in 2016 during the Search for Outstanding Teachers by the Escudero Foundation. She has also conducted academic and community training. and workshops in theater arts, storytelling and writing (national, regional and local).


A composer and internationally published poet, she has published research works and articles on sociolinguistics, poems and stories including Sadtong Panahon: Oral Storytelling Training Course for Pre-Service Teachers (at JPAIR International) and Kuskus Lapis: Mga Tula ni Marigrace Despi Carretero.


She is currently writing her Ph. D. dissertation in Language Education at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.