This study explored the lived experiences of
the Bukidnon State University Graduate student
scholars in the Mindanao Regions during the School
Year 2014-2020. The study delved into the scholars’
experiences in the six related factors, namely: students,
BukSU faculty, BukSU administration, DepEd
administration, work, and family.
A phenomenological qualitative research design
was employed. Twelve graduate student scholars were
the participants of the study. The triangulation
approach employing interviews, focus group
discussions, and document review in the gathering of
data assured the validity of the findings. Participants’
narratives on their lived experiences underwent
transcriptions and analysis using Colaizzi’s method
There were six (6) themes that surfaced-out from
the lived experiences of the graduate student scholars,
namely: Challenging yet, fulfilling Student-Learning
Experiences; Satisfying Learning Experience with Wellrounded graduate faculty; Heart-warming learning
experience with the BukSU Administration; Impressive
support from the DepEd Administration; Pressured
learning experience; and encouraging support system.
A model showcasing the meaningful experiences of the
graduate scholars and the attributes of how these
scholars succeed in the pursuit of a graduate degree
came out from these emerging themes.
Keywords : Globalization, Internationalization, Phenomenological, Graduate Student, Scholars.