BAGUIO CITY -- The 27 students at University of the Philippines-Baguio whose academic requirements came under question have been allowed to graduate.

The UP Board of Regents decided to let the students march on Thursday after ruling that they had completed the required units under the old curriculum.

UP-Baguio will have its graduation rites on June 25 for the more than 350 students from the College of Arts and Communication (CAC), College of Science and College of Social Sciences.

The 27 are from Arts and Communication.

In a meeting on June 11, the University Council of UP Baguio rejected the appeal of the students to waive their academic deficiencies so they could graduate.

Since 2011, UP-Baguio has adopted a "hybrid" system in which freshmen can choose between a new and old "checklist."

The students argued that while they were provided with the checklist of the hybrid curriculum by the office of the secretary, their college advisers did not adequately inform them of their options.

The students brought their case to UP President Alfredo Pascual.

UP-Baguio spokesperson Roland Rabang told Sun.Star Baguio said Pascual gave weight to the students' claim that there were lapses on the part of the CAC faculty.

"Admission of lapses by the college was considered and the fact that they were able to comply with the requirements of the old curriculum thus the requirements of the hybrid GE (general education) could be waived," Rabang said. (Sun.Star Baguio/Sunnex)