UP student from Marawi to deliver valedictory speech

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) — A Molecular Biology and Biotechnology student at the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP) from Marawi City will graduate summa cum laude on Sunday.

College of Science's Arman Ghodsinia, who has a weighted average grade (WAG) of 1.176, was chosen to deliver the valedictory speech in the university's 106th commencement exercises.

Ghodsinia is one of the 36 summa cum laude students who will lead the 4,000 graduates.

Summa cum laude, Latin phrase meaning "with greatest honors," is the highest academic award for graduates with the WAG of 1.20 or higher.

Also among the summa cum laude graduates is UP Lady Maroons'  Katherine Bersola, who has a WAG of 1.18.

Bersola, who will graduate with a Sports Science degree, is the first summa cum laude from the College of Human Kinetics.

The other summa cum laude graduates are:

  • Williard Joshua D. Jose (BS Electronics and Communications Engineering) - 1.058
  • Rangel DG. Daroya (BS Electronics and Communications Engineering) - 1.074
  • Patricia S. Sy (BA Sociology) - 1.089
  • Victor Carlo G. Irene (BA Philosophy) - 1.101
  • Stephanie Ann B. Lopez (BA Psychology) - 1.102
  • Paollo Deo R. Reyes (BS Statistics) - 1.103
  • Martin Anthony M. Salud (BA European Languages) - 1.104
  • John Ian V. Baytamo (BS Mechanical Engineering) - 1.115
  • Arla Mae Nicole T. Salcedo (BA Psychology) - 1.125
  • John Alexander O. Soriano (BS Business Administration and Accountancy) - 1.131
  • Jeynald Jeyromme L. Endaya (BS Computer Science) - 1.133
  • Johntee T. Tantuco (BS Industrial Engineering) - 1.152
  • Quirby Angelo S. Alberto (BS Industrial Engineering) - 1.154 
  • Angelica Cielo B. Gozar (BA Psychology) - 1.157
  • Philip Christopher S. Cruz (BS Physics) - 1.163
  • Krizzia Elyse B. Mañago (BA Linguistics) - 1.163
  • Jose Monfred C. Sy (BA Comparative Literature) - 1.166
  • Marco Angelo DP. Samonte (BS Electronics and Communications Engineering) - 1.166
  • Clare Feliz S. Tan (BS Computer Science) - 1.166
  • Jan Patrick C. Tan (BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology) - 1.168
  • Kristine Larissa B. Yu (BS Chemistry) - 1.169
  • Christine Darla A. Bautista (BS Business Administration) - 1.171
  • Christian Cariño (BS Chemistry) - 1.172
  • Corinna Victoria C. Martinez (BS Psychology) - 1.172
  • Marco G. Del Valle (BS Business Administration) - 1.173
  • Jennifer B. Rucio (BS Tourism) - 1.173
  • Ian Christian Belando Fernandez (BS Computer Engineering) - 1.177
  • Ryan Timothy D. Yu (BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology) -  1.179
  • Marly Vea Clarisse L. Elli (BA Linguistics) - 1.182
  • Mary Anne Balane (BA English Studies) - 1.183
  • Angelo Rafael E. Arcilla (BS Business Economics) - 1.183
  • Erica Camille U. Lau (BS Business Administration and Accountancy) - 1.193
  • Teod Carlo C. Cabili (BS Statistics) - 1.196
  • Kamille Anne U. Areopagita (Bachelor of Fine Arts [Visual Communication]) - 1.197

Meanwhile, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno will be confirmed with the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, and will be the commencement speaker.

Diokno is also a Professor Emeritus at the university's School of Economics.

According to CHED, the honorary Doctor of Laws degree is given to "outstanding lawyers, politicians, public servants, and statesmen who have contributed so much to and distinguished themselves in international understanding, leadership, and the rule of law."

UP planned on April to confer the degree to President Rodrigo Duterte, which he declined after criticisms from the students.