The Office of the Graduate Program (OGP) of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) held its annual Graduate Student Assembly on October 14, 2016 at the Health and Wellness Center of the Pavilion 1 building of Palma Hall from 5:30 to 8:00 in the evening. Every year, the Graduate Student Assembly aims to welcome the students of all the graduate programs of CSSP. The assembly also provides guides and inspirational messages that may deem relevant to the graduate students throughout the course of their studies.
The event began with an opening message from Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, PhD welcoming the graduate students to the college. Dean Aguiling-Dalisay also introduced the various members of the administrative team of CSSP to the audience of students. The dean also introduced the Chancellor of University of the Philippines, Dr. Michael L. Tan, who paid a surprise visit to the assembly. Chancellor Tan was invited to speak, and narrated stories about experiences of being a past graduate student and of teaching graduate courses in the social sciences.
After the dean’s welcoming remarks, the Associate Dean for Research and Publications, Dr. Gregorio E.H. del Pilar, gave a short talk entitled “Honor and Excellence”. Dr. del Pilar emphasized the need and mandate of graduate students to uphold ethical research practices especially through the prohibition of plagiarism. These are all in line with the official motto of the university.
The third speaker was the coordinator of the OGP, Dr. Jeanette L. Yasol-Naval. Dr. Yasol-Naval delivered the general rules and guidelines of the graduate program. These policies include the regulations regarding enrolment, processes involved in the writing of thesis dissertations, pertinent deadlines concerning the student’s stay during the program, among others.
An intermission number then took place. The former dean of the College of Music, Dr. Ramon G. Acoymo, sang various classical compositions from the musical traditions of the West and of the Philippines. The singer and professor earned several standing ovations. Dr. Acoymo also interacted with the audience in between performances, producing more applauses.
A thirty-minute audio-visual program in the form of a video presentation was presented after the intermission number. This was prepared by the OGP to give a visual introduction of the college spaces, landmarks, and departments. The video also featured interviews from Dean Aguiling-Dalisay, Dr. Yasol-Naval, and the various chairpersons and graduate coordinators from every department in CSSP. The chairpersons and graduate coordinators, from the perspective of their respective departments, shared insights regarding their discipline’s contributions to society, information about the department’s history, and how their disciplines have assisted in the development of social sciences and philosophy. While the audio-visual program was being presented, the audience partook in a small salu-salo.
The assembly officially ended with the singing of the “UP Naming Mahal”. The over-all facilitators of the event were Mr. John Felip Biongan and the coordinator of the Office of Student Affairs, Mr. Jairus D. Espiritu.
Chancellor Michael L. Tan narrating experiences about graduate school in the social sciences
Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay welcoming the students to CSSP
Dr. Gregorio E.H. del Pilar giving his talk on “Honor and Excellence”
Dr. Jeanette L. Yasol-Naval reminding the students of the graduate program’s policies
Dr. Ramon G. Acoymo serenading the audience
Graduate students having a discussion during the “salu-salo”
The Dean with Dr. Acoymo, the CSSP administrative team and staff, the graduate assembly committee, and student volunteers