Much has changed in UP over the past 100 years. From one campus in Manila, it now has eight constituent universities with 17 campuses all over the country; it has 258 undergraduate programs; and 438 graduate programs with students from almost every region in the country.
“As graduates of the national university, we have the duty to give back.” Commission on Higher Education Officer-in-Charge J. Prospero de Vera III reminded the 348-strong UP Open University (UPOU) Class of 2018 on September 29 at the UPOU Headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna.
He also highlighted the unique experiences of UPOU students not only as distance learners that mainly employed technology in their education but also as learners who ardently pursued education despite the obstacles that prevented them from going to traditional universities, such as physical challenges, or personal or professional obligations.
Joanne Gerio, a Master of Development Communication graduate and an overseas Filipino worker who delivered the valedictory address, pointed out how “fortunate we are now to live in a world where learning is not only confined within the four walls of the classroom.”
Echoing de Vera, she hoped that her fellow graduates will use their UPOU education to harness the potentials of digital technologies and lifelong learning in serving humanity. Gerio added: “Achievements and awards do not make us winners; [rather,] they represent our attitudes toward learning and constantly challenging ourselves in this technology-fueled world.”
Of the 348 UPOU graduates, 50 received their undergraduate degrees while 298 earned their graduate degrees. (Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)