The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) will confer academic degrees on 3,167 candidates for graduation in its 110th General Commencement Exercises on Sunday, July 25.
Data from the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) shows that as of July 21, UPD will confer baccalaureate degrees on 2,099 candidates and graduate degrees on 1,068 candidates.
Leading the Class of 2021 are 29 summa cum laude, an academic distinction for graduates who earned a weighted average grade (WAG) of 1.20 or better.
Michelle Mariel C. Mariposa (Bachelor of Music Voice) had the highest WAG of 1.072, followed by Maria Margarita R. Magbuhos (BA Anthropology, 1.096), Francesca Anais Y. Siasoyco (BS Business Administration/BS BA, 1.097), Nerice Athalia C. Yu (BS Business Administration and Accountancy/ BS BAA, 1.104), Kobi Christian S. Go (BS Chemical Engineering/BS ChE, 1.117), and Gabrielle Marie L. Chungunco (BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology/BS MBB, 1.121).
The next top 10 are Spencer Shaun S. Keh (BS BAA, 1.134), Kimberly Joy R. Sanchez, (BSBA, 1.137), Gene Audrey U. Tan (BS Computer Science/BS CS, 1.137), Maria Andrea Kristina S. Onglao (BS Industrial Engineering/ BS IE, 1.140), Eunice Valerie L. Chua (BS BAA, 1.149), Trenton L. Tan (BS BAA, 1.150), Micaela Neslin Z. Fadriquela (BS Psychology, 1.151), John Virgilio B. Afable Jr. (BS CS, 1.153), Francesca Louise C. Villanueva (BS BA, 1.158) and Alyssa Nicole M. Loveres (BA Philosophy, 1.160).
They are followed by Kate Allison S. Co (BS MBB, 1.161), David Martyn R. Vinluan (BS IE, 1.162), Jian Lorenzo G. Chan (BS CS, 1.167), Filbert Heinrich T. Wee (BS CS, 1.176), Julia Bernadette L. Edralin (BA Psychology, 1.184), Anton Raphael S. Cabalza (BA Anthropology, 1.185), Nathan Joseph P. Oranga (BS BAA, 1.189), Elaine C. Tan (BS BA, 1.189), Sabrina Nicole T. Blanco (BS ChE, 1.190) and Carmela Maria P. Berba (BS Biology, 1.193).
Rounding out the top honors are Stephanie Nicole O. Go (BS Applied Physics, 1.193), Anna Beatrice B. Sancio (BA Broadcast Communication, 1.196), and Chynna Therese Nicole d. P. Reyes (BS Psychology, 1.199).
Reyes will speak on behalf of the graduating class.
UPD OUR data also showed that 199 candidates for graduation will receive the Latin distinction of magna cum laude (WAG of 1.45 or higher) while 456 will graduate with the honors cum laude (WAG of 1.75 or higher).
This year’s theme is Kanlungan (Sanctuary), as an homage to UPD that provided temporary shelter to individuals hit hard, whether physically, financially, emotionally, or psychologically, by the pandemic.
Set to speak before the graduates is Philippine General Hospital Director Dr. Gerardo D. Legaspi, the first person to legally receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the Philippines.
Similar to last year, UPD is limiting attendance to the ceremony strictly to key participants.