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5908 BU graduates to join PH labor force; Graduation rate up by 13.12%

On its 47th commencement exercises, Bicol University (BU) has sent off 5, 908 graduates from its seven campuses into the “real world” who are about to join the country’s labor force.

BU President Arnulfo Mascariñas confirmed 3143 graduates from the Main Campus, East Campus, and Daraga Campus during the graduation ceremony held at the BU – Albay Provincial Sports Complex, Legazpi City on April 6, 2017.

The following colleges has produced the corresponding number of graduates: Graduate School – 38; College of Arts and Letters (CAL) – 371; College of Nursing – 102; College of Education (CE) – 493; College of Science – 198; Institute of Physical Education Sports and Recreation – 94; College of Engineering – 300; Institute of Architecture – 70; College of Industrial Technology – 542; College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM) – 597; and College of Social Science and Philosophy – 338.

From April 7 – 1, 955 graduates from the satellite campuses marched on stage and received their diploma. The Polangui Campus (PC), Tabaco Campus, Gubat Campus (GC) and College of Agriculture and Forestry had 649, 482, 451, and 373 graduates respectively.

With the theme “BU @ 47: Celebrating Our Journey of Excellence,” Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Commission on Higher Education Chairperson served as the keynote speaker.

With an MA in Psychology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Pennsylvania University, Dr. Licuanan has been professor and chair of the Department of Psychology and academic vice-president of Ateneo de Manila University. She also served as president of Miriam College and is currently the chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education.

Cherrylyn Persia Labayo, an AB Economics Magna Cum laude graduate of CBEM received the Presidential Award for Scholarship and was proclaimed as the Most Outstanding Graduate of BU Batch of 2017. Meanwhile, Hezel Barquez, BS Entrepreneurship Cum laude graduate of CBEM and Christian Romano, BSEd Major in English Cum laude graduate of CE, received the Presidential Award for Leadership and Service respectively.


BU has marked a 13.12% increase of graduates this academic year from 5223 graduates in 2016 to 5908 this 2017.

The BU Class of 2017 has produced 6 Magna Cum Laude (MCL) graduates, 608 Cum Laude (CL) graduates and 44 with Academic Distinction (AD). CBEM has produced the most number of CL graduates with 194 followed by CE with 177, GC with 65, CAL with 45 and PC with 43.

It can be remembered that last year, there were 6 MCL, 550 CL and 40 AD graduates from BU. The above mentioned colleges were also the top five colleges which produced the highest number of honor graduates in 2016.

Meanwhile, this year’s graduation rate of BU was the fifth highest for the past 11 years. In 2015, there were 7, 906 graduates; 2014 – 6, 683; 2013 – 6, 659; 2012 – 6, 157; 2011 – 5, 238; 2016 – 5, 223; 2009 – 4, 919; 2010 – 4, 864; 2007 – 4, 348; and 2008 – 4, 137.

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