A TOTAL of 258 candidates for graduation will be awarded diplomas in the 19th Commencement Exercises of UP Mindanao on June 28.
Class of 2016 is led by three magna cum laude (MCL) graduates, Claire Marie Jacinto and Omid Siahmard from the BS Biology program, and Kim Dianne Ligue from BS Applied Mathematics.
They are followed by 76 cum laude (CL) graduates. The undergraduate programs and their respective number of candidates are as follows: BS Biology, 45 candidates with three CL and two MCL; BA Communication Arts, 44 with 17 CL; BS Agribusiness Economics, 28 with three CL; BS Food Technology, 25 with three CL; BS Architecture, 22 with one CL; BS Applied Mathematics, 19 with two CL and one MCL; BA English (Creative Writing), 18 with seven CL; BS Computer Science, 18 with one CL; BA Anthropology, 17 with four CL. The lone graduate program, Master in Management, has 22 candidates for graduation.
UP President Alfredo Pascual will award the diplomas and serve as Commencement Speaker.
This is the last commencement of UP Mindanao that Mr. Pascual will attend as 20th University President before his term ends on February 2017.
The term of President Pascual has been very eventful and groundbreaking for the University. He introduced the brand name of “One UP” across the seven constituent universities and one autonomous college.
He provided the strategic plan “The Path to Greatness” anchored on academic excellence and operational excellence. He opened new campuses. The amount of funding that he mobilized for UP during his term is unprecedented.