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Angara to receive honorary degree at UPD commencement program


UPD 15 top honors 2013

The University of the Philippines Diliman will confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon Senator Edgardo J. Angara at its 102nd General Commencement Exercises on April 28, 4 p.m. at the University Amphitheater.

UP confers the honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon individuals who have “distinguished themselves in service to the state, to learning and to humankind.”

Angara is recognized for his “resolute advocacy and contributions to the cause of education in the country” and for his “distinguished service at the helm of the University, his Alma Mater, championing its tradition of academic excellence and advocating fiscal autonomy and securing its future as the country’s premier institution of higher learning.”

As UP President from 1981 to 1987, Angara strengthened the university’s General Education Program and instituted INTARMED, the 7-year honors medical curriculum at UP Manila’s College of Medicine. It was also under his leadership that UP was transformed into a system of autonomous campuses.

Angara is also being honored for “leading the Senate as its President from 1992 to 1995 and steering the passage of more than 130 reform measures.” Two of these are the creation of an independent Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and introducing the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council.

First elected to the Senate in 1987, Angara served four consecutive terms of six years each, except for a mandatory term break. He was Senate President in 1993, where he pushed for the passage of the Free High School Act, Commission on Higher Education, the National Health Insurance Act or Philhealth and the Senior Citizens Act, among others.

Fifteen summa cum laude will lead the 4,365 candidates for graduation, where 3,436 will receive their undergraduate degrees, 718 their Master’s and 79 their doctoral degrees.

UP awards the highest academic honors of summa cum laude to graduates who earned a weighted average grade (WAG) of 1.20 or better.

Charles Michael T. Herrera, BS Biology (BS Bio) with a WAG of 1.065 leads the top honors, followed by Julian David P. Cabrera, BS Psychology (BS Psych, 1.084). The other top honors are: Jann Adriel C. Sy, BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BS MBB, 1.087); Jasper Powell S. Esguerra, BS Chemical Engineering (1.089); Andrew Vincent S. Yap, BS Industrial Engineering (1.104);  Vincent A. Yu, BS Business Administration (1.112), and Jonel Nicole A. Jao, BA Linguistics (1.119).

The remaining summas include: Angel E. Jaurigue Jr., BS Civil Engineering (1.123); Mariama Antonette R. Bilog, BS Psych (1.143);  Krista Carmina B. Arellano, BA European Languages (1.151);  Jane Melissa D.L. Lim, BS MBB (1.175); Melvin Floyd E. See, BS MBB (1.175); Michelle Ann S. Lao, BS Bio (1.175);  Joshua Vincent H. Baroña, BS Psych (1.186); and Louie Arielle A. Dado, BS Psych (1.196).

Yu will deliver the response for the graduating class.

In addition to the top honors, UPD has 218 magna cum laude and 812 cum laude. The Latin honors are awarded to graduates who obtained a WAG of up to 1.45 and 1.75, respectively.