April 19, 2011

A Record Setting Summa Cum Laude Leads UP Graduation Rites

QUEZON town, Philippines - Around four,000 students of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman graduated in Sunday afternoon's one hundredth commencement exercises at the UP Amphitheater.

According to the workplace of the University Registrar, the UP batch 2011 boasts of twenty one summa cum laude, 215 magna cum laude, and 794 cum laude. Leading them was 19-year-old BS Math student John Gabriel Pelias.

His general weighted average of one.016 set a record that second solely to Exequiel Sevillam who graduated with a degree in BS Commerce in one927 with a mean of 1.0.

Aside from being summa cum laude, Pelias conjointly received a best thesis award among all BS Math students, an impressive BS Math Student award, and a reward of excellence from the faculty of Science.

His mother, Emma Lopez, was ecstatic over her son's achievements. "I am thus pleased with him," she said.

In his speech, Lopez urged fellow graduates to grant back. "The least we will do in come to the current country's taxpayers who paid an enormous a part of our UP education is to dedicate even just a few time of our lives within the service of the Filipino folks," he said.

He was given a standing ovation throughout the graduation rites.

During the commencement exercises, UP conjointly bestowed its highest tutorial honor and rank, Master of Laws, Honoris Causa to President Benigno Aquino III, who was the graduation speaker.

This is the primary time in twelve years that a President has attended UP graduation rites.

"Hindi ako nag-aral sa UP, pero malinaw pa rin ang sinabi sa akin ng aking ama, na ang UP ang naghubog sa kanya," he told graduating students.

Aquino lashes out at opposition In his speech, Aquino lashed out at the opposition and zeroed in on embattled Ombudsman Merceditas Guttierez, whom the President accused of favoring the previous administration.

“Malalim pa sa puno sa Sunken Garden ang pagkabaon ng sistemang luma. Sino ang ‘di iinit ang ulo…Alam nyo kung sino tinutukoy ko…isang simpleng ‘OMG,’” he said.

“Walang kampo-kampo, walang partido sa nakapiring na hustisya, kung tingin nila sila lang ang pinagtutuunan ng panahon, ang tanging humahabol sa kanila ay kanilang kunsensya,” Aquino added.

The President conjointly recognized the contribution of varied UP alumni for serving to expose anomalies within the previous administration.

He conjointly urged the graduates to hitch the government's campaign to stamp out corruption and run when the folks behind them.

“Hiling ko lang sa Isko at Iska…maisabuhay din ang obligasyon bilang iskolar ng bayan,” he said. “Kung nasa posisyon na kayo, maalala kaya ninyo ang slogan na na sinisigaw ninyo?”

Aquino's speech was interrupted by protests when members of militant student cluster UP KILOS NA unveiled streamers and claimed that no important progress has been created throughout his administration.

They were immediately escorted out of the realm by members of the Presidential Security cluster.

"No quantity esteem granted by any university, nor an honoris cause from UP, will hide the reality that we've an exploitative administration run by a president who is insensitive to the stress of the folks," a press release from the coed activists said.

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