The College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf) held its first hybrid recognition program on Aug. 4 to honor its graduating class for this year. Through virtual and face-to-face means, the event brought together the graduating students.
Fifty-three graduating students compose the CPAf Class of 2022. They belonged to the various graduate programs of the College: 25 from the Master in Public Affairs (MPAf) program; 9 from the Master in Development Management and Governance (MDMG) program; 7 from the MS in Community Development (CD), DMG, and Extension Education programs; and 12 from the PhD in CD, Development Studies (DVST), and Extension Education programs.
Patrick D. Mabbagu, an MPAf Strategic Planning and Public Policy major, is this year’s class valedictorian. Recipient of the Academic Excellence Award, he delivered the valedictory address. He also received the Outstanding Student Award for having the highest general weighted average among all graduating students of master’s degree programs. The same award was conferred to PhD DVST student Marc Immanuel G. Isip for being the top PhD student. He also received the Best PhD Dissertation Award and UP Pahinungod Service Award. Meanwhile, Jobelle Mae L. Zuraek, MDMG, bagged the Best Field Study Award.
Other students who were recognized during the program were Rufo Gil Z. Albor (PhD in Extension Education) and Augustine L.S. Nye (MPAf Education Management), recipients of the UP Pahinungod Service and Student Service Awards, respectively.
For this year’s recognition program, Dr. Albert D. Madrigal, CPAf alumnus and guest speaker, shared how he is embracing the vision and mission of the College in his personal and professional endeavors as an educational leader and public servant. Dr. Madrigal served as President of the Pamantasan ng Cabuyao.
He ended his speech with the message, “Be it and live it”, challenging the CPAf graduating class to live the College’s mission of developing human and institutional capacities in the areas of local governance and community development.
CPAf graduating students officially received their degree during the 50th UPLB Commencement Exercise on Aug. 6 at the EB Copeland Gymnasium.