Celebrating 40 years of coeducation-A A +A
Sunday, September 8, 2013
MANILA -- Female graduates of the Ateneo de Manila University (Admu) celebrated on Saturday 40 years of coeducation with no less than the first female Chief Justice as guest of honor.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno earned her bachelor's degree in economics in 1980 before entering the University of the Philippines, where she got her bachelor of laws degree in 1984.
In her speech, Sereno urged Ateneo graduates to be in service of others.
"Ang pagiging Atenista, hindi lang pagiging number one at taga-hawak ng importantent posisyon sa pribado at publikong sektor. Ngunit ang marka ng Atenista at hindi magbago. Kung noon sinasabi nila na man for others ang Atenista, ngayon man or woman for others. Ang ibig sabihin ng 'for others' ay tunay at tuluyan na pagbubukas ng sarili para sa kapwa," Sereno said.
Ateneo is also home to Sun.Star Management President Gina Garcia, who was present during the celebration held at the New Rizal Library.
Aside from Sereno and Garcia, other notable graduates of the university include the first visually impaired summa cum laude graduate Roselle Ambubuyog, CEO and President of the Filinvest Group Josephine Gotianun-Yap, President of Malayan Insurance Co. Inc. and MICO Equities Inc. Yvonne Yuchengco, Filipino Equestrian and Asian Games Gold Medalist Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworksi, television host Kris Cojuangco Aquino, journalist and Music Mogul Lizza Guerrero Nakpil, former Akbayan party-list Representative Risa Hontiveros, and model Rissa Mananquil-Trillo.
The exhibit for the "40 Years, Half the Sky: Celebrating Coeducation in the Ateneo" event showed the road to the university's coeducation.
It was in 1973, more than a century after Ateneo was established, that the university accepted its first batch of female students: 127 were freshmen, while 35 others were enrolled in upper year levels.
In 1975, the first six women transferees graduated from Ateneo.
They are Ma. Lorenzo Palm-Dalupan (AB Sociology-Anthropology), Vivian Dy-Gordon (BS Management), Lourdes Josephine Gotianun-Yap (BS Management), Ma. Barbara Jacinto-Pineda (AB Sociology-Anthropology), Ma. Sophia Lizares-Bodegon (AB Sociology-Anthropology), and Nina Picache-King (BS Management).
From 1976 to 2013, there have been 2,336 women who graduated with honors: 37 summa cum laude, 227 magna cum laude, 929 cum laude, and 1,349 honorable mention. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)