It was a very hot and humid day, and a lot of people were affected by the heat. The graduation was held in the high school auditorium -- a venue that is not air-conditioned. So we (faculty, students, and administrators) wearing academic gowns designed for colder countries were on the verge of dehydration [I am exaggerating here :) ] while waiting for the commencement exercises to end.
Graduation day is always a happy occassion especially for parents of graduates and the graduating students. It marks a turning point in the life of a student who hurdeld four (or five years) of university life.
It is also a happy occassion for teachers and mentors like me to see that their students have finished the requirements for attaining their respective degrees and are now ready to venture into the "real" world.
This year's Graduation Speaker for the School of Science and Engineering and the School of Management is Dr. Rolando B. Hortaleza, a medial doctor who became an enterpreneour. Dr. Hortaleza is the president of Splash corporation -- a Filipino corporation owned by his family and is very successful in the personal care industry.
The Class Valedictorian is Clark Jefferson Cue who finished Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering & Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economics (Honors Program), Magna Cum Laude.
I am happy to note that our department -- the Mathematics Department of Ateneo de Manila University produced four Magna Cum Laude graduates, two Cum Laude graduates, and four Honorable Mention graduates.
One of the Magna Cum Laude graduates is my student and thesis advisee -- Timothy James "TJ" Yusun, B.S. Mathematics. TJ barely missed being a Summa Cum Laude. He is a very talented student as evidenced by the many awards he received which includes the following: BPI-DOST Science Award, Special Citation for Loyola Schools Leadership and Service, Leader of the Best Student Organization (Alay ni Ignacio or ANI). TJ is also the Mathematics Department Program Awardee.
Another Magna Cum Laude graduate is Jade Rachele Garcia, B.S. Applied Mathematics Major in Computational Science. Jade is my former student in an applied mathematics seminar class (Modeling and Simulation). She is a recipient of an Erasmundus scholarship for a Master's degree in applied mathematics in Europe (they are only two from the Philippines to be given such a prestigious scholarship).
Also a Magna Cum Laude graduate is Alfonso Luis "Cholo" Maputol, B.S. Applied Mathematics Major in Mathematicsal Finance. Cholo was an honor student (no. 3 in the graduating class) when he graduated in Philippine Science High School (or Pisay) -- Main Campus (in Quezon City) during the year when I was still the Campus Director (or principal) of Pisay in Diliman.
Aside from Jade Garcia, other BS Applied Mathematics Major in Computational Science graduates, namely: Rosary Anne David, Regina Marie Frez, Patricia Ann Lorenzo, Rhena Lelleen Plagata, Paolo Niccilo Santos, Ma. Daphen Reina Toledo, and Jonalyn Valencia are all my students in applied mathematics subjects.
Like Cholo Maputol, Paolo Niccolo Santos is a member of PSHS Class of 2004.
To all members of the Graduating Class of 2008 -- CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD BLESS!
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