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UPD has more graduates in 2011
Honor-to-graduate percentages stay mostly the same.


Julianne Keane Pascual (center), a BS Psychology
graduate from the CSSP, garnered the highest WAG
with 1.053.

(April 26)-One more academic year has passed, and a new batch of graduates leave the comfort and safety of UPD into the wide, wild world. Based on their achievements, it looks like most of the graduates are well-equipped to deal with life after college.

Data from the Office of the University Registrar show that as of April 19, the cream of the crop is comprised of 19 summa cum laude (SCL; those with a weighted average grade [WAG] of 1.00-1.2), 222 magna cum laude (MCL; those with a WAG of 1.21-1.45) and 862 cum laude (CL; those with a WAG of 1.46-1.75).

Of the 4,120 graduates from UPD’s 28 academic units, 1,103 or 27 percent finished with the highest academic distinction, up two percentage points from last year’s numbers.

The graduates. Of the total number of graduates, 3,281 received their baccalaureate degrees, 140 were at the pre-baccalaureate level, 656 earned their masters degrees, 61 earned their PhDs and 122 obtained their post-baccalaureate diploma.

Unit rankings. Among the academic units, the College of Engineering (CoE) produced the most number of graduates with 751, followed by the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) and the College of Science (CS) with 419 and 418, respectively.

They are followed by the College of Business Administration (CBA) with 323 and the College of Mass Communication (CMC) with 224 graduates.

At the baccalaureate level, the CoE again tops the rankings with 663 graduates, followed by the CSSP with 363, the CS with 298, the CBA with 230 and the CMC with 217.

At the graduate level, the CS had the most number of graduates with 120 followed by the School of Labor and Industrial Relations and the CBA with 105 and 93 post-baccalaureate graduates. At their heels are the CoE with 88 and the College of Education (CED) with 71.

CSSP honor bumper crop. Among the academic units, the CSSP topped in all the levels, having the most number of latin honors (193) with six SCL, 46 MCL and 141 CL. The next four academic units with the most number of honors graduates are the CoE (146), the CBA (143), the CMC (114) and the CS (96).

The next four academic units that produced the most MCLs are the CoE with 32, the CS with 30, the CBA with 24 and the SE with 14. In terms of number of CLs produced, the academic units that follow the CSSP are the CBA with 116, the CoE with 109, the CMC with 101 and the CS with 63 CLs.

The six units that produced the most number of honors per graduate are, according to rank, the CBA with 143 honors out of 230 graduates (62%); the CSSP with 193 out of 363 (53%); the CMC with 114 out of 217 (52%); the CED with 41 out of 82 (50%); the School of Economics (SE) with 71 out of 145 (49%); and the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) with 75 out of 170 (44%).

The CSSP is the third largest academic unit in UPD in terms of undergraduate student population, with 1,494 students as of July 2011. The College of Engineering and the College of Science are the two largest academic units with 4,922 and 1,698 undergraduate students, respectively.


They are, (from right to left, back row), Atienza, Tan-Afuan,
Gaerlan, Ayson, Huang, Cacnio, Chua and Simeon, (front row)
Pilario, Co, Roque, Mina, Tumampo, Baltazar, Naval, Pascual,
Rodriguez, San Pedro and Uy.

Summa scholars. Six academic units produced SCLs this year, with the CSSP coming out on top, producing six (five BS/BA Psychology and one BA Philosophy) followed by the CoE with five SCLS (two BS Chemical Engineering, one BS Industrial Engineering, one BS Electronics and Communications Engineering and one BS Computer Science), the CBA with three SCLs (all BS Business Administration and Accountancy graduates), the CS also with three SCLs (BS Mathematics, BS Biology and BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology).

The SE and the College of Architecture each produced one SCL (BS Business Economics and BS Architecture, respectively), rounding off the 19.

Comparison with 2011. The numbers for 2012 do not vary much from last year, with batch 2012 having only 72 more graduates than batch 2011.

The average honor-to-graduate ratio for this year’s crop of baccalaureate graduates is 34 percent, up three points from last year’s 31 percent.

One notable change in the data from 2011 is the increase in the percentage of post-baccalaureate graduates: 20 percent, which marks a 2-percent increase from 2011.

The current administration, which began its term in 2011, previously stressed the importance of producing more post-baccalaureate graduates as a benchmark of success and began an active campaign to increase that number within the foreseeable future.-Anna Regidor

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