University of the Philippines Los Baños
Monday, 03 July 2017 16:35

Graduating UPLB scholars encouraged to help needy students in the future

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One week before marching at the DL Umali Freedom Park to receive their university degrees at the 45th UPLB Commencement Exercises, 69 graduating students were first recognized at the Makiling Hall, Student Union Building on June 16.

These students completed their degrees as recipients of government and private organization-funded scholarship programs managed by the Scholarships and Financial Assistance Division of the Office of Student Affairs (SFAD-OSA).

The event, called Recognition of Graduating Scholars and Donor Partners, and conducted for three years now, gathered scholars, donors, and university administrators to an intimate celebration.

In their respective messages, Dr. Nina M. Cadiz, director of OSA, and Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs, congratulated the graduating scholars and thanked the donors for their steadfast support, trust, and confidence to UPLB scholars. Both encouraged the scholars to give back to the University in the future, as they recognized that scholarship programs will always be relevant to students.

“As you begin to live your lives beyond the University and carve out a niche for yourselves professionally, I hope that someday, you shall go back to UPLB and ‘plant a tree to provide a shade’ for future UPLB students,” Dr. Lapitan said, as she delivered the inspirational message on behalf of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. “This way, these future students can also be given the same opportunity that you had during your stay in the University.”

Dr. Lapitan also enjoined the graduating scholars to use their knowledge and expertise to make a difference in other people’s lives by finding solutions to agricultural, environmental, social, and economic problems that the country and the world face.

Speaking on behalf of the graduating scholars was Paul Jhon P. Diezon, a graduating BS Biology student and a UP Presidential Scholar.

Sa buong pamamalagi ko sa Unibersidad, ako ay nakadepende sa scholarship na kaloob ng SFAD. Kung wala ito, marahil ay wala ako dito sa inyong harapan (In my entire stay in the University, I relied on the scholarship provided by SFAD. If not for this, I would not be here in front of you),” Diezon said, whose father is an Overseas Filipino Worker and his mother, a housewife.

Ang hamon sa atin bilang mga iskolar ng bayan para sa bayan ay gamitin itong mga natutunan natin hindi lang para magpayaman o magkaroon ng marangyang buhay; bagkus ay gamitin natin ito upang bumalik sa ating mga komunidad, magsilbi at maging istrumento ng pagbabago (The challenge for us, scholars of the nation for the nation, is to use our knowledge, not to become rich, but to serve our communities and to become catalysts of change),” Diezon further said. Earlier in 2016, Diezon was hailed as one of the ten Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines.

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Present during the event were Dr. Arnold Elepaño and Dr. Isabelita Pabuayon, deans of the Colleges of Engineering & Agro-industrial Technology and Economics & Management, respectively; Dr. Jocelyn Labios, associate dean for research and extension of the College of Agriculture and Food Science; Jenette Lory Tamayo, head of SFAD-OSA; other officers and staff of OSA; and the representatives of donor organizations. (Juan Paolo A. Aquino)