Three hundred twenty nine postgraduate students will officially receive their master’s and doctoral degrees during a virtual graduation for the UPLB Class of 2020 on Aug. 15.
Aileen Angeles Jara (PhD Forestry: Wood Science and Technology) leads the 79 candidates for graduation for Doctor of Philosophy, while Linus Van Orilla Plata (MA Communication Arts) is the number one among 250 candidates for master’s degree.
The two are the recipients of the Academic Excellence Award for having obtained the highest general weighted average (GWA) in their respective levels.
The Graduate School (GS) will also recognize its Academic Achievement Awardees, or the graduates who garnered the next four highest GWAs in the doctorate and master’s levels.
They are Manuela Prandini (PhD Extension Education), Dennice Gervacio Catambacan (PhD Plant Pathology), Irudayaselvam Stanislaus (PhD Development Communication), and Jayson Querido Caranza (PhD Environmental Science).
Joining them in the elite list are Glenn Christian Puertillano Acaso and Maria Victoria Papa Migo-Sumagang (both MS Chemical Engineering), Miyah Dizon Quelista (MS Computer Science), Miguel Victor Tamayo Durian (MS Development Communication), Christian Valdez Lualhati (MS Animal Science), and Azareel Abadilla Sumaya (Master of Public Affairs in Education Management).
Aside from the academic awards, selected students will be recognized for their exemplary service to the university. Emmanuel Bonifacio Sarzona Timog (MS Forestry: Silviculture and Forest Influences) will get the Service Award.
He will also receive the Pahinungod Pin for his voluntary services to the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, alongside Susan Pabulayan Del Rio (MS in Horticulture), Abbie Glenn Montecalvo Estribillo (MS Food Science), and Oscar Sotto Francisco, Jr. (MS Animal Science).
This year, two will graduate from the Straight PhD program, a graduate program since the 1990s at UPLB.
PhD Development Communication has the most number of candidates for PhD at nine; while MS Environmental Science for the master’s level at 25.
Fifty among the candidates for graduation of GS are foreign students from 16 countries.
The virtual 48th UPLB Commencement Exercises will premiere on the official Youtube account of UPLB at 9 AM of Aug. 15. The virtual Graduate School Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies will immediately follow via the Facebook Page of GS. (KEAraguas with reports from UPLB Graduate School).