Kimberly D. Caimbre will lead her batch as she receives her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, at UPV Tacloban College. Kimberly garnered a Grade Weighted Average (GWA) of 1.400.
Kimberly hails from Brgy. Hinulogan, Dagami, Leyte. She graduated Salutatorian from St. Joseph High School of Dagami, Inc. in Dagami, Leyte in 2013. She is a student leader, having been one of the organizers of the 5th Biennial Eastern Visayas Political Science Conference held in Villa Amor Function Hall, Tacloban (2017) and was elected as the Public Relations Officer (2016-2017) of UP Politikons, an academic organization in the Univeristy of the Philippines.
“Taking into account the things I have encountered before college, I realize that I have lived a monochromatic life in high school. Entering UP has added more colors to the spectrum because of the wide range of people that I have met. Each one has different characteristics, preferences, and opinions. UP has taught me to respect these differences. Just because someone has a different view on a national issue doesn’t automatically mean that he is wrong. Just because someone supports the politician that I criticize doesn’t give me the right to mock. Instead, UP has taught me to engage in intellectual discussions.”
Ma. Alyssa Joyce I. Tansinco, the top graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), has truly embraced and understood the kind of education that UP is giving to its graduates. This was her response when asked what life lesson has UP taught her.
The BS Statistics major also said that such a life lesson “will be useful in the future because it is an advantage in the workplace if the employee can work well with other people. Working with people means having to maintain good relationships and maintaining relationships means having to respect differences.”
JARED PHILIP MARQUEZ CONDEZ leads the 2017 graduating batch of the School of Technology as he graduates cum laude with a GWA of 1.516 with the course Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Jared was born on April 10, 1996 at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
Gaining honors is not new to Jared as he graduated honorable mention in elementary and salutatorian in high school both from Saint Joseph Academy in Bugasong, Antique.
He was also a frequent partcipant in quiz bowls and clinching awards at that. He was 6th placer during the 77th Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers’ National Convention Quiz Bowl held on February 17-20, 2016 at Eco-village, Boracay, Aklan. He was participant in the 2015 Students’ National Chemical Engineering Conference Quiz Bowl held on November 14-16, 2015 at UP Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila. He also won 3rd place in the 10th Chamical Engineering Week Quiz Bowl held on September 17, 2016 Central Philippine University, Iloilo City.
“When I first entered UPV, my initial thought was to channel all my energies toward academics because I thought that the high grades I will get would define my fate in the real world after college. This mindset did not stay long and was debunked when I realized that a UP education is so much more than having good grades. I saw that UP produces not just capable individuals but it molds competent intellectuals with a sense of purpose particularly in improving the lives of the Filipino people.”
So says, Josielou Chan, a BS Fisheries major from the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences who earned the highest GWA of 1.568 among her peers, graduating as cum laude.
Chan, who is from Tagbilaran City, Bohol, added that she came to the realization that it is possible to become a good student and still be of service to the community during her early weeks in the University. She embraced this conviction and became very active in the UP Fisheries Guild (UPFG) which opened an opportunity for her to, according to her words: “give back to my country in simple ways that a student can. “ She likewise said that her involvement with the student organizations convinced her that she chose the right degree program and made her come to an understanding on how she can contribute to the country’s development.
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While the rest of the country’s student population has gone back to school, UP Visayas will have its 38th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the UPV Covered Court, Miagao campus.
Hon. Delia Domingo Albert, former Ambassador to Australia and Germany will be the commencement Speaker.
Prior to the graduation ceremony, the University has also organized PARANGAL, a commencement concert in honor of the graduates, their parents, alumni, and benefactors. The event will feature sensational singing group, Acapellago, to be held on Wednesday, 6:00 PM at the Auditorium of the Iloilo City campus.
A University Recognition Program for graduating honorific scholars and special achievement awardees called PAPURI will also be held at the auditorium on June 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM. Engr. Cris Jacob A. Dabad, an alumnus of UPV (BS Chemical Engineering, 2013) will give the inspirational message. Meanwhile, the Baccalaureate Exercises will also be held on the same day at the same venue at 3:00 PM. Judge Anne Beatrice Aguana Balmaceda is the featured speaker.
Meanwhile, the UP Visayas Tacloban College has scheduled its Commencement Exercises on June 27, 2017 inside its campus at 4:00 PM with Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara as the commencement speaker.