(JUN.21)—The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) will graduate some 4,600 students led by 36 summa cum laude at the University’s 106th General Commencement Exercises on June 25, 7 a.m. at the University Amphitheater in Quezon City.
In addition to the top honors, 337 will receive the Latin distinction of magna cum laude while 1,016 will graduate with the honors cum laude.
Summa cum laude. Summa cum laude, a latin phrase meaning “with the greatest honors,” is the university’s highest academic distinction for graduates who earn a weighted average grade (WAG) of 1.20 or better.
The 36 top honors come from 10 degree-granting units from the University’s four clusters: science and technology (S&T), social sciences and law (SS&L), management and economics (M&E), arts and letters (A&L).
Leading the top honors with a WAG of 1.058 is Williard Joshua D. Jose of the College of Engineering (COE) who graduates with a BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering (BS ECE). On second spot is another BS ECE major, Rangel DG. Daroya (1.074).
They are followed by: Patricia S. Sy, 1.089 (Bachelor of Arts/BA in Sociology from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy/CSSP), Victor Carlo G. Irene, 1.101 (BA Philosophy, CSSP), Stephanie Ann B. Lopez, 1.102 (BA Psychology/Psych, CSSP), Paollo Deo R. Reyes, 1.102 (BS Statistics/Stat, School of Statistics/SS), Martin Anthony M. Salud, 1.104 (BA European Languages, College of Arts and Letters/CAL), John Ian V. Baytamo, 1.115 (BS Mechanical Engineering, COE), John Alexander O. Soriano, 1.131 (BS Business Administration and Accountancy/BS BAA, Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business/VSB), Jeynald Jeyromme L. Endaya, 1.133 (BS Computer Science/CS, COE), Johntee T. Tantuco, 1.152 (BS Industrial Engineering/IE, COE), Quirby Angelo S. Alberto, 1.154 (BS IE, COE), Angelica Cielo B. Gozar, 1.157 (BA Psych, CSSP) and Arla Mae Nicole T. Salcedo, 1.159 (BA Psych, CSSP).
Also graduating with top honors are Philip Christopher S. Cruz, 1.163, (BS Physics, College of Science/CS), Krizzia Elyse B. Mañago, 1.163 (BA Linguistics/Lingg, CSSP), Marco Angelo DP. Samonte, 1.166 (BS ECE, COE), Jose Monfred C. Sy, 1.166 (BA Comparative Literature, CAL), Clare Feliz S. Tan, 1.166 (BS CS, COE), Christian Cariño, 1.169, (BS Chemistry/Chem, CS), Kristine Larissa B. Yu, 1.169 (BS Chemistry/Chem, CS), Christine Darla A. Bautista, 1.171 (BS Business Administration/BS BA, VSB), Marco G. Del Valle, 1.173 (BS BA, VSB), Arman A. Ghodsinia, 1.173 (BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology/MBB, CS), Jennifer B. Rucio, 1.173 (BS Tourism, Asian Institute of Tourism/AIT) and Jan Patrick C. Tan, 1.174 (BS MBB, CS).
Rounding up the list of summa cum laude are Ian Christian B. Fernandez, 1.177 (BS Computer Engineering, COE), Corinna Victoria C. Martinez, 1.177, (BS Psych, CSSP), Ryan Timothy D. Yu, 1.179 (BS MBB, CS), Katherine Adrielle R. Bersola, 1.180 (Bachelor of Sports Science, College of Human Kinetics/CHK), Marly Vea Clarisse L. Elli, 1.182 (BA Lingg, CSSP), Angelo Rafael E. Arcilla, 1.183 (BS Business Economics, School of Economics/SE), Mary Anne Balane, 1.183 (BA English Studies, CAL), Erica Camille U. Lau, 1.193 (BS BAA, VSB), Teod Carlo C. Cabili, 1.196 (BS Stat, SS), and Kamille Anne U. Areopagita, 1.197 (Bachelor of Fine Arts [Visual Communication], College of Fine Arts/CFA).
The S&T cluster topped the number of summa cum laude with 17 (COE: 9, CS: 6, SS: 2) followed by SS&L with lone representative CSSP with eight, M&E with six (VSB: 4, AIT: 1, SE: 1) and A&L with five (CAL: 3, CHK: 1, CFA: 1).
AIT and CHK, respectively, have their first summa cum laude among their graduates.
Of the 10 academic units represented, COE garnered the most number of summa cum laude with nine, followed by CSSP (8), CS (6), VSB (4), CAL (3) and SS (2). AIT, CHK, CFA and SE have one summa cum laude each.
Total graduates. As of Jun. 21, the candidates for graduation comprise 3,666 undergraduate degrees and 944 graduate degrees comprising 58 in the doctoral, 739 masters and 147 diploma levels.
Commencement speaker. Secretary of Budget and Management Benjamin E. Diokno is the Commencement Speaker. Diokno, a UPD Professor Emeritus from SE, will also be conferred a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa at the commencement exercises. The Doctor of Laws, honoris causa is the University’s highest academic rank and honor. According to the Commission on Higher Education, a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, is awarded to public servants and lawyers who have contributed to international understanding, leadership and the rule of law.