By Denmark Orita
Posted on December 16, 2015
The Board of Regents of the Cagayan State University has approved the adoption of CSU’s academic sash named ‘Cagay’ effective this school year.
In its third quarterly meeting held on Oct. 15 at the national office of the Commission on Higher Education, the Board unanimously decided for the implementation of the sash which replaces the traditional academic gown popularly known as “toga.”
To be worn by the graduates in the different levels, faculty members, and administrative officials starting next year’s commencement exercises for the conferment of the degrees and titles, the sash was the brainchild of President Romeo R. Quilang, and it was the product of a series of consultations and key informant interviews done by Dr. Ian Roger M. Francisco and Prof. Kristinne Joyce Lara, who penned the proposal presented to the Board.
The university administration, based on the proposal, supported the new academic regalia because it is “suited for tropical climate like ours as compared to the choking heat of the conventional toga, which was born in the West cold lands.”
It said: “While it is slightly more expensive than the toga, the sash has more uses. It can serve as a souvenir, a home décor, and may be used again by family members in future graduation ceremonies.”
“By wearing the proposed academic sash, graduates may feel proud about their origin and identity since it bears everything about the Cagayano,” it continued.
Designed by Mr. Rowbie Lopez of the University Planning Office, the sash was approved by the Academic and Administrative Councils of the University in two separate meetings, and was finalized by a team of internal experts.
The name ‘Cagay’ was chosen from a list of names and titles supplied and suggested by internal and experts consulted.
‘Cagay,’ which is an equivalent of shawl among the Ilocanos, is a loose sash containing the three official colors of CSU which appear on the university flag: blue (symbolizing loyalty, freedom, intelligence and CSU’s flagship programs on aqua marine), gold (symbolizing wisdom) and green (symbolizing bounty and fertility, the Cordilleras, the Sierra Madre mountains and CSU’s banner programs along agriculture).
On the golden field are common elements depicting CSU as an educational institution: the book, which is the source of knowledge, skills, values and the fountain of life and the torch indicative of the university being the source of light and human enlightenment in the whole province; the eight rays emanating from the flame represent the eight strong and dynamic campuses of the university; and the stars circling the flame of the torch represent the 29 towns of Cagayan, CSU’s service area and the province most dear to the institution.
On top and below these ornaments are the letters C-S-U presented in maroon, a color associated with state universities.
To the right of the golden field is another blue design, representing the Cagayan River, the major natural feature of the Cagayan Valley Region and the Province of Cagayan.
The design to the left next to the dark blue is a motif showing the various products (tobacco and peanut) of the province especially of the Ibanags, the Cagayan fauna (the famous Buguey crab and Ludong fish, and the Calayan Oriole and the cloudrat, which are both endemic in Northern Luzon and are also represented on the Boxer’s Codex, a cultural pattern describing the Cagayano warrior).
The sash includes an element or emblem to be placed on its shoulder-level part. This element will distinguish a bachelor’s degree from a master’s and doctorate degree.
Detachable, the element has a tassel with the appropriate color corresponding to the degree earned, say, education, light blue, and arts, white. On it will be bar/s which contain/s the four official colors of the university: blue, maroon, gold and green, positioned in vertical form. The element with one bar is worn by a bachelor’s degree holder, with two bars by a master’s graduate and with three bars by a doctorate degree holder.