Mikaela Irene D. Fudolig,
BS Physics with a GWA of 1.099
(UP Diliman Information Office)--Eight UP Diliman (UPD) candidates for graduation will receive the highest academic honors of summa cum laude at the 96th General Commencement Exercises to be held on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.
The summa cum laude is conferred to a graduate with a general weighted average (GWA) of 1.20.
Mikaela Irene D. Fudolig, BS Physics with a GWA of 1.099, will lead the top honors. She will also deliver the valedictory address on behalf of the graduating class.
Only 16 years old, Fudolig is the youngest student to be graduated by the University in the recent years and one of only two admitted to UPD without a high school diploma and without taking the UP College Admission Test.
She was only 11 years old and a sophomore at the Quezon City Science High School when she was granted permission to enroll at UPD as a non-degree student, having volunteered for a prototype Early College Placement Program the UPD College of Education was spearheading. After earning remarkable grades for an academic year, the Department of Education (DepEd) endorsed her admission to UPD, which was approved by the UP Board of Regents on May 30, 2003.
Seven other candidates for graduation will share the highest honors. They are: Ariel C. Lopéz, BA History (1.107); Deniece S. Yusun, BS Architecture (1.30); Hannah Hazel A. Morales, BS Chemistry (1.181); Lorraine Joyce N. Yu, BS Architecture (1.183); Ma. Lourena M. Mangaban, BA Philosophy (1.187); Magdalene Y. Lim, BS Business Administration (1.187); and Ivan Chester G. Canoy, BS Biology (1.194).
Fudolig and Canoy received the Gawad Chanselor para sa Natatanging Mag-aaral in 2007, the University’s highest recognition for academic excellence.
In addition to the top honors, UPD produced 133 magna cum laude graduates and 638 cum laude. The magna cum laude is conferred to a graduate with a GWA of 1.45 and the cum laude for a GWA of 1.75.
Some 3000 candidates for graduation will receive their academic degrees at the program.
Traffic within the vicinity of the Academic Oval will be rerouted for the event starting at 1 p.m. on April 22.