Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ateneo Graduation Day, 29 March 2008

Photo Caption: Some Members of the Ateneo de Manila University Class of 2008 are shown marching towards the Commencement venue during Graduation Day, 29 March 2008. Shown in center is Timothy James Yusun (wearing eyeglasses) -- the 2008 Mathematics Department Program Awardee.

Today (29 March 2008) I attended the Graduation Day (or Commencement Exercises) of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Science and Engineering and School of Management. (Note: the Graduation Day of the School of Humanities and School of Social Sciences was held yesterday, 28 March 2008).

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.
One of our junior faculty members in the Mathematics Deparment -- Enrico Paolo Bugarin -- also graduated with a Master of Science in Mathematics degree.
We also have ten graduates belonging to the Master of Applied Mathematics Major in Mathematical Finance program. The group includes the following: Mari Toni Bautista, Christian Robert Canlas, Heindrick Franell Cu, Malerie Dy, Cheryll Anne Limos, Kathleen Bernadette Mateo, Jelline Sanchez, Rachelle Eileen See, Andrea Antonia Silva, and Roy Joseph Velasco. Cheryll Anne belongs to the PSHS Class of 2003 -- the year when I was still Campus Director of PSHS in Quezon City.
Other graduates of our mathematics graduate program include the following:
Eric Francis Arcilla, Mary Hane Castilla, Charen Cusi, Maribel Perz, and Restituto Rodelas -- graduates of Master of Science in Mathematics Education program.
Benjamin Adrandea, Jr. and Juvenel Mark Rosario -- graduates of the Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics program.
Mario Genova, Danny Huelva, and Romel Marquez -- graduates of the Master of Mathematics program.
Ma. Carlota Decena -- graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics program.

To all members of the Graduating Class of 2008 -- CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD BLESS!


Raffy Saldaña
The Pisay and Atenean Blogger

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