University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

UPLB colleges host testimonial programs for graduating students

UPLB colleges have been holding the traditional recognition rites and testimonials in honor of the graduating students.

During these events, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. reminded the graduating students of their responsibilities as “iskolar ng bayan para sa bayan.”

 “We, UP graduates, have the responsibility to the Filipino people…it is the Filipino people that make UP education possible,” said Chancellor Sanchez at the hooding rites of the College of Veterinary Medicine on June 23 at the DL Umali Hall.

The said event was attended by CVM’s 49 candidates for graduation for the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, led by Samantha Alexis Palou, the graduate with the highest general weighted average. Also present were the three candidates for the Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine and guest speaker Tristan Roberto Aboitiz, assistant vice president of Pilmico Foods Corporation.

Before the graduating class of the College of Economics and Management (CEM) on June 23, Chancellor Sanchez reiterated the mantra of honor and excellence that UP holds on to. The CEM recognition program was held at the Nicolas Lansigan Auditorium at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources campus. CEM has 202 graduating students, led by their class valedictorian Anne Margarette Salva (BS Agricultural Economics, magna cum laude).

In his message delivered by Dr. Nina M. Cadiz, director of the Office of Student Affairs, Chancellor Sanchez encouraged the graduating students of CEM to keep the standard of excellence in their new endeavors as professionals. He also reminded them to pursue their careers with integrity and dignity. “Honor means continually reflecting on your principles and living by them,” he said.

Meanwhile, the College of Arts and Sciences held a testimonial program for its 702 graduating students (including 11 from the BS Agricultural Chemistry, a joint program that it offers with the College of Agriculture) on June 22 at the DL Umali Hall. Its top graduate, Christian Jirard Custodio  (BS Biology, magna cum laude) is also the class valedictorian of the UPLB Class of 2016.

The College of Development Communication, home college of last year’s UPLB class valedictorian, also held a recognition program for class 2016 on June 23 at SEARCA’s Umali Auditorium. Its 124 candidates for graduation is led by Aaron Lucius Herbon, cum laude. Lourdes Margarita Caballero, assistant manager for technical services of PRIMEX, Inc. and a former champion of the Ramon Magsaysay Essay Writing tilt while studying at CDC, gave an inspiring message to the graduating students.

The College of Agriculture will host a dinner for its graduates from five academic clusters on the evening of June 24. Among the CA clusters, the Crop Science Cluster had earlier hosted a testimonial program for its students on June 23 at the lobby of the Nemesio Mendiola Hall. During this occasion, Chancellor Sanchez, who is also a professor at CSC, encouraged the crop science majors to dream big.  Serving as guest speaker  was Dr. William L. delos Santos, an agronomist at Bayer Philippines, Inc.

The College of Forestry and Natural Resources, College of Human Ecology and College of Public Affairs and Development also held their testimonial and recognition programs on June 23. Meanwhile, the College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology will hold its recognition rites in the afternoon of June 24. (Jeremy C. Manalang and Rejn Mireille L. Raton)