Former med student to speak as class rep in UP Diliman graduation
(JUN. 22)— A former medical student will represent 4,552 graduates of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) at the university’s 105th General Commencement Exercises on Sunday, Jun. 26, 7 a.m. at the University Amphitheater.
Alexander Atrio L. Lopez, who will graduate with a BA Philosophy with a weighted average grade (WAG) of 1.1810 from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), was a former student of the University of the Philippines Manila where he earned his BS Basic Medical Sciences degree. He is one of 30 summa cum laude to graduate from UPD this year.
Summa cum laude, a Latin phrase meaning “with the greatest honors,” is the University’s highest academic distinction for graduates who earned a WAG of 1.20 or better.
Leading the top honors is Miguel Ricardo R. Leung, BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBB) with a WAG of 1.0375. Following Leung is Miguel Raymundo C. Gutierrez, BS Economics (ECON) with a grade of 1.064. The third highest is Danilo Lorenzo S. Atanacio, BS ECON with 1.074.
Others who made it to the top 10 are: Adrian R. Vidal, BS Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE), 1.118; Julia Catherina P. Agoncillo, BA History, 1.122; Ariel Raye V. Rica, BS Chemical Engineering (ChE), 1.129; Athena Charanne R. Presto, BA Sociology, 1.129; Jose Daniel P. Berba, BS Computer Science (CS), 1.148; Stephen June D. Tiongson, BS Mathematics, 1.1504 and Francis Simonh M. Bries, BA Psychology, 1.152.
The next 10 are: Gabrielle R. Encarnacion, BFA (Painting), 1.1563; Joshua Elias Fred A. Suero, BS ECON, 1.158; Laarni Ann T. Ledesma, B Elementary Education (TEG,K-12), 1.165; Michelle Mariel C. Mariposa, BA Psychology, 1.165; Jamila Coleen M. Briones, BA European Languages (German), 1.166; Luis Andre D. Soriano, BS Statistics, 1.169; Dominic Aily G. Ecat, BS Industrial Engineering (IE), 1.171; James Renier T. Domingo, BS IE, 1.176; Earl Marvin P. Balanag, BS Psychology, 1.177; and Hyung Tong K. Yoon, BS ECON, 1.178.
Completing the roster of summa cum laude are: Daniel O. Young, BS Mathematics, 1.1799; Lopez; Julie Anne A. Francisco, BS Business Administration and Accountancy (BSBAA), 1.182; Maria Luisa C. Pineda, BA Broadcast Communication, 1.182; Jian Kenzo O. Leal, BS MBB, 1.1859; Isaiah Paolo A. Lee, BS MBB, 1.1875; Arbie F. Dela Rosa, BSBE, 1.192; Anna Bea D. Geronga, BA Creative Writing, 1.194; Francis Czeasar M. Chua, BSBAA, 1.194; and Kenji M. Miyazaki, BS Mechanical Engineering, 1.197.
This year, the top three colleges with the most number of summa cum laude are CSSP and College of Engineering (COE) with six each. These were followed by the College of Science and the School of Economics with five each and the College of Arts and Letters and the Virata School of Business with two each. Meanwhile, the colleges of Education, Fine Arts and Mass Communication and the School of Statistics each had one summa cum laude.
The summa cum laude will lead the graduates from the 27 degree-granting units, 325 of which are magna cum laude, and 936 cum laude. Magna cum laude graduates have a WAG of up to 1.45 while cum laude up to 1.75.
Of the total graduates, 3,580 received their undergraduate degrees and 972 their graduate degrees, of which 70 were conferred their doctoral degrees by being hooded on stage.
COE has the highest number of graduates at 839 (746 undergraduates/UG, 93 graduates/G). It also has the highest number of graduates with Latin honors at 200. Meanwhile, CSSP comes second with the highest number of graduates with Latin honors at 184 from a total of 373 graduates (304 UG, 69 U), and VSB, third with 163 Latin honors from a total of 351 graduates (207 UG, 144 G). VSB however, has the highest ratio of graduates with Latin honors at 78.74 percent.
Dr. Alfredo E. Pascual, UP President is the ceremony’s speaker. A finance and management expert, President Pascual is the 20th president of the University, a post he assumed in February 2011.
This is the second time the commencement exercises will be held in June following the University’s academic calendar shift from June to August in 2014.