For the last twenty-five years, the University of the Philippines Mindanao has made it its mission to mold learners into leaders. And every year, it is with great pride that we send off our graduates in their sablay during the commencement exercises so they can find their place in the world guided by “Honor and Excellence.”
However, the declaration of a national health emergency due to COVID-19 has disrupted our operations. In response, UP decided to cut short the previous semester and give students the option to defer complying with the adjusted course requirements until next year.
We wanted to celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduates through a virtual graduation. But, the rising number of positive cases in the city, affecting even Brgy. Mintal, has slowed down production work for the said virtual event originally planned for streaming on July 30.
With this in mind, the University has decided to postpone holding the 23rd Commencement Exercises for next year. We understand that some might feel disappointed, but we ask for your kind understanding as we prioritize the health and wellbeing of all our constituents.
Note that the names of the graduating students who have completed their requirements in June 2020 were endorsed by the University Council to the UP Board of Regents for final approval of graduation as of 2nd Semester AY 2019-2020.
To the Class of 2020: Congratulations! See you next year!
Sabay-sabay sumablay sa 2021!