First-year and returning students of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) were officially welcomed back to the campus as they embark on a new academic journey for School Year 2023-2024.
The University held its Opening Exercises for the said school year at the UPV Covered Court, Miagao campus, on Aug. 22, attended by students, faculty, and staff of the various colleges, schools, offices, and units.
Chancellor Clement Camposano and the vice chancellors introduced their offices, units, mandates, heads, and staff during the program, with the theme “Updanay kita sa pagpasanyog sang dungog kag kaalam.” The deans likewise introduced their offices, faculty, and staff.
Mr. Louie Evans Grinn Sala, John Maxwell coach, Integral HR Consulting founder, and UPV alumnus, gave an inspirational message.
Sala, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics graduate, took the opportunity to share his personal experience of how he discovered what it means to be part of the UPV community by centering on redefining success, valuing hard work, showing humility even as one strives for “Honor and Excellence,” serving and genuinely loving the country, and shaping destiny.
He said UP has taught him “the value of respecting every student’s process of self-discovery – that it is not about how fast you get to your desired destination, but making the most of the learnings you’ve gained in the process.” (The full speech of the speaker can be accessed on UPV’s website though this link: Discovering What It Truly Means to Be Part of the UP Community)
The Chancellor repurposed his UPHSI graduation rites message and spoke of the habit of excellence. Meanwhile, BS in Chemical Engineering student Aaron Paul Infante and BS in Fisheries student Von Matthew Delgado delivered their messages on behalf of the upper class and freshman class, respectively.
As of writing, a total of 1,739 students have enrolled for the school year. Of the number, 469 are first-year students and 1,270 are continuing students, University Registrar Nieves Toledo disclosed during the program.
This year’s Opening Exercises Program was hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) led by Dr. Alice Joan Ferrer, CAS Dean and Committee Chair of the event.