MMSU produces 1,145 graduates this year
By DANIEL P. TAPAOAN, JR.
Amid the limitations posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) continues to uphold academic excellence as it produced 1,145 new graduates this year.
Upon successfully completing the requirements for their respective degrees, their graduation was approved by the University Academic Council and confirmed by the Board of Regents.
Of the 1,145 graduates, 956 finished their studies in the second semester, while 129 and 60 completed theirs in the first semester and mid-year term, respectively.
Among the academic units, the College of Engineering (COE) had the biggest number of graduates with 650; followed by the College of Agriculture, Food and Sustainable Development (CAFSD), 122; College of Industrial Technology (CIT), 100; College of Business, Economics, and Accountancy (CBEA), 63; College of Health Sciences (CHS), 59; Graduate School (GS), 45; College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), 39; College of Medicine (COM), 26; College of Aquatic Sciences and Applied Technology (CASAT), 24; College of Teacher Education (CTE), 12; and College of Law (COL), five.
Also, a total of 239 ‘lifelong learners’ finished their respective degree programs this year. Of this number, 70 were from the BS Industrial Technology, 41 from the BS Business Administration major in Marketing Management, 38 from the BS Environmental Science, 37 from the AB English Language, 25 from the Bachelor of Automotive Technology, 24 from the BS Marine Biology, and four from the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP).
The MMSU Class of 2020 was led by 25 honor graduates -- 2 magna cum laude and 23 cum laude. These Latin honorees came from the four colleges of the university: 19 from the COE, four from CHS, and one each from CAFSD and CAS.
Of the 25 honorees, seven were from the BS Civil Engineering (BSCE), six from BS Chemical Engineering (BSChemE), four each from BS Agricultural Engineering (BSAE) and BS Physical Therapy (BSPT); two from the BS Computer Engineering (BSCompE) program; and one each from BS Environmental Science (BSES) and Bachelor of Arts in English Language (ABEL).
The highest general weighted average (GWA) of 1.3561 was obtained by Angelica B. Gilo (BSCE) who graduated magna cum laude.
Second is Rocky R. Estoque (BSChemE) who garnered 1.38 GWA and graduated magna cum laude.
The cum laude graduates whose GWA is between 1.50-1.75 are Agatha Camille S. Quidilla (BSPT), Sylvia Marie A. Tabura (BSCE), Kenneth John P. Cruz (BSPT), Jervin Louie L. Reyes (BS ChemE), Kriza G. Ganotisi (BSPT), Brezira C. Asuncion (BSCE), Nelson Junior T. Rodillas (BSAE), Francis A. Gamboa (BSES), Kenneth A. Tabieros (BSCE), Novelyn S. Corpuz (BSChemE), Dorothy Maureen C. Ralleca (BSCE), Jake Casey A. Sugui (BSAE), Jomer D. Dulatre (ABEL), Marsha Angela Y. Manuel (BSPT), Queenie Rose P. Calaranan (BSAE), Ed Vincent R. Pablo (BSCE), Odie Rafael Alamon Aguada (BSCE), Shaina Louise S. Soto (BSChemE), Aira S. Basilio, (BSCompE), Mae Jeianett S. Reyes (BSChemE), Renz Nikko A. Collado (BSChemE), Mary Grace D. Matias (BSCompE), and Stephenleigh A. Guittap (BSAE).
Instead of conducting virtual graduation, majority of the graduates prefer to experience physical graduation next year, provided that the situation gets better and government guidelines allow mass gatherings.
Last July, the MMSU Office of Student Affairs and Services (OSAS) conducted the Class 2020 Graduation Preference Survey, with a total of 864 participants.
Results of the survey showed that 84.40% of the respondents want to join the future graduates of Year 2021 to also experience marching at the proverbial sunken garden.
Meanwhile, the remaining percentage of the respondents (15.60%) wanted to hold virtual graduation.
MMSU President Shirley C. Agrupis extended her warmest congratulations to the graduates.
“While I couldn’t personally shake your hands and give your diplomas, please know that I am truly proud of how you hurdled the challenges in college, and how you victoriously managed to graduate amid the pandemic. I am confident that you will persistently exhibit the MMSU resiliency,” she stressed. (StratCom)