UPOU graduates 348

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The UP Open University Class of 2018 listens to the commencement speaker, Dr. J. Prospero de Vera III, Officer-in-Charge of the Commission on Higher Education. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
The UP Open University Class of 2018 listens to the commencement speaker, Dr. J. Prospero de Vera III, Officer-in-Charge of the Commission on Higher Education. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

“As graduates of the national university, we have the duty to give back.” Commission on Higher Education Officer-in-Charge J. Prospero de Vera III reminded the 348-strong UP Open University (UPOU) Class of 2018 on September 29 at the UPOU Headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna.

 

Commission on Higher Education Officer-in-Charge J. Prospero de Vera III addresses the graduating class of UPOU. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
Commission on Higher Education Officer-in-Charge J. Prospero de Vera III addresses the graduating class of UPOU. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

He also highlighted the unique experiences of UPOU students not only as distance learners that mainly employed technology in their education but also as learners who ardently pursued education despite the obstacles that prevented them from going to traditional universities, such as physical challenges, or personal or professional obligations.

 

Master of Development Communication graduate Joanne Gerio delivers a message on behalf of the graduates. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
Master of Development Communication graduate Joanne Gerio delivers a message on behalf of the graduates. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Joanne Gerio, a Master of Development Communication graduate and an overseas Filipino worker who delivered the valedictory address, pointed out how “fortunate we are now to live in a world where learning is not only confined within the four walls of the classroom.”

Echoing de Vera, she hoped that her fellow graduates will use their UPOU education to harness the potentials of digital technologies and lifelong learning in serving humanity. Gerio added: “Achievements and awards do not make us winners; [rather,] they represent our attitudes toward learning and constantly challenging ourselves in this technology-fueled world.”

Of the 348 UPOU graduates, 50 received their undergraduate degrees while 298 earned their graduate degrees. (Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)

 

Scenes prior to the graduation ceremony (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
Scenes prior to the graduation ceremony (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Officials of the UP Open University pose for the traditional photo in front of the Oblation on graduation day. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
Officials of the UP Open University pose for the traditional photo in front of the Oblation on graduation day. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

UP officials in the processional: from left, Assistant VP for Public Affairs Jose Wendell Capili, Executive VP Teodoro Herbosa, UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, Student Regent Ivy Taroma, Faculty Regent Patricia Arinto, Regent Angelo Jimenez, UPOU University Registrar Aurora Lacaste, UPOU Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria (hidden), Secretary of the University and of the Board of Regents Roberto Lara, and UP President Danilo Concepcion; at the end (hidden) is commencement speaker, CHED OIC J. Prospero de Vera III (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
UP officials in the processional: from left, Assistant VP for Public Affairs Jose Wendell Capili, Executive VP Teodoro Herbosa, UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, Student Regent Ivy Taroma, Faculty Regent Patricia Arinto, Regent Angelo Jimenez, UPOU University Registrar Aurora Lacaste, UPOU Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria (hidden), Secretary of the University and of the Board of Regents Roberto Lara, and UP President Danilo Concepcion; at the end (hidden) is commencement speaker, CHED OIC J. Prospero de Vera III (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Members of the graduating class in the processional (Photos by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)
Members of the graduating class in the processional (Photos by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)

 

UP President Danilo Concepcion confers the degrees and titles upon the graduates. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
UP President Danilo Concepcion confers the degrees and titles upon the graduates. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The graduates receive their diplomas from UP President Danilo Concepcion, who also leads the hooding of PhD graduates. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO; except for middle row left which is by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)
The graduates receive their diplomas from UP President Danilo Concepcion, who also leads the hooding of PhD graduates. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO; except for middle row left which is by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)

 

UP President Danilo Concepcion leads the graduates in pledging loyalty to the University. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
UP President Danilo Concepcion leads the graduates in pledging loyalty to the University. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

UP Alumni Association (UPAA) 1st Vice President Luis Rey Velasco, representing UPAA President Reynaldo Laserna, administers the alumni oath. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
UP Alumni Association (UPAA) 1st Vice President Luis Rey Velasco, representing UPAA President Reynaldo Laserna, administers the alumni oath. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The UPOU Class of 2018 sings “UP Naming Mahal.” (Photo by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)
The UPOU Class of 2018 sings “UP Naming Mahal.” (Photo by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)

 

Fireworks signal the end of the commencement exercises. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
Fireworks signal the end of the commencement exercises. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The end of the ceremony allows the graduates to take photos with family, friends, and professors. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
The end of the ceremony allows the graduates to take photos with family, friends, and professors. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)