The University of the Philippines Visayas marked the opening of Academic Year 2021-2022 with virtual Opening Exercises today, September 13, 2021, via YouTube and Facebook Live.
A total of 1,108 incoming first-year students gained admission to UPV, while 2,784 returning students have registered. This enrolment data is from the five degree-granting units of UPV, namely, the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Management, School of Technology, and the UPV Tacloban College.
This is the second time that UPV has held virtual Opening Exercises due to the ongoing pandemic.
University officials led by UP President Danilo Concepcion welcomed the UPV students online, particularly the incoming first-year students.
He told them that three things would change in their life as they enter UP. Their values of honor and excellence towards public service will be established; they will enjoy academic freedom – they will have the liberty to learn, have their creative and critical thinking nurtured; and they will learn to embrace diversity.
He also emphasized the need to “Uphold everyone’s right to express their ideas within the bounds of ethical freedom.”
The ceremony also featured the welcome remarks of Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Philip Ian Padilla, messages from UPV Chancellor Clement Camposano, Peter Leo Ladigohon, 4th-year BSBA Marketing student, and Michael Rainiken Traifalgar, incoming BS Computer Science student.
Karol Mae I. Atotubo (BS Food Technology 2002) was the featured speaker who is currently the Assistant Vice-President of Restaurant Systems for Chowking.
“Ululupod sa pag-aram: Rising Above the Challenges of Remote Learning” is the theme of this year’s Opening Exercises.