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‘No mid-year graduation next AY’ – University Registrar

University Registrar Paulino Gatpandan confirmed that there will be no mid-year graduation for next academic year (AY) 2019-2020 due to the limited number of incoming graduating students, therefore graduates from special term and first semester of AY 2019-2020 will participate in the 45th Commencement Exercises.

In an article posted by The HERALDO FILIPINO on December 12, 2018 titled February Commencement Exercises moved to July; merged with second sem graduates, Gatpandan stated that for the succeeding AYs the administration will decide for the continuance of midyear graduation as there will only be first year and second year students dominating the undergraduate student population.

The previous decision of the administration to merge the schedule of the midyear graduation with the yearend graduation as the 43rd Commencement Exercises caused varied reactions from the students, however through the united effort of graduates, students were able to overturn the decision of the admin as the midyear graduation commenced on February as originally scheduled with 607 graduates marching at the Ugnayang La Salle.

Moreover, Gatpandan assured that Office of the University Registrar (OUR) will not withhold mid-year graduates’ transcript of records and diploma as these are necessary for job application.

Approximate graduate count

Meanwhile, as of press time there is a tentative 3,009 students as of May to graduate for the 44th Commencement Exercises on July 17 to 19, as per data from the OUR. The official number of graduating students will be released after June 10, as this will be the last period for the submission of the final grades online for graduating students

On the first day of the 44th Commencement Exercises, approximately 981 students will graduate from the College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA) College of Education, and College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE); while College of Liberal Arts and Communication and College of Science and Computer Studies has a total of 979 graduating students on the second day; and the third day has the highest count as there will be 1,049 graduating students from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and College of Tourism and Hospitality Management combined.

CBAA has the highest count with 800 students whereas CCJE has the least number with 48 students as there is only one program offered at the college.