A Not-So-Valedictory Address

by Jonathan Espejo Sy, Class 2017

When I started out at the University of the Philippines, I did not feel like I had to work hard. I thought that I was smart enough to handle whatever would come my way. In a way, it was good; I never had that much self-esteem before. To be on equal footing with the likes of high school valedictorians and graduates of renowned private and science high schools. But that was just the beginning.

As five years went by and barely met my expectations, it had become clear to me that I did not like the program I had signed up for. I didn’t have the liberty to choose my own sport or foreign language elective. It was an accelerated program into medicine, a British experiment embedded in an American system. I had yet to grasp the notion that it wouldn’t be the college experience I had hoped it would be. The problem was that I let it get in the way of making the most of what little I thought I saw, regardless of the flaws I saw in the system.

16 Cum Laude Students Lead 2016 UP College of Medicine Graduation

by Vince Baroña, Class 2018

Sixteen cum laude students with a General Weighted Average of at least 1.75 led the 107th Commencement Exercises and Internship Closing Ceremonies of the UP College of Medicine held last July 24th, 2016 at the University Theatre in Diliman.

158 new doctors ready to serve under RSA

by Geno Sadaya, Class 2019

During the 106th Commencement Exercises and Internship Program Closing Ceremonies of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine (UPCM), 158 graduates of Class 2015 were conferred their medical degree after 5-7 years of medical education, while 161 post-graduate interns (PGIs) from 22 medical schools received their certificate of internship after completion of a one-year internship program at the Philippine General Hospital. The ceremony, themed "Padayon", was held on June 29, 2015, at the UP Theater, Diliman campus.