On 17 October 2014, Dr. Michael L. Tan affirmed his designation as the 10th Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Diliman. In a formal ceremony held at the University Theater, Chancellor Tan delivered his visions and projects in front of former and current UP System and Diliman officials and guests, faculty, students and other members of the UP Diliman community.
CHED Chairperson and UP Board of Regents (BOR) Chair Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan and UP President Alfredo E. Pascual lead the affirmation rites. Former UP Presidents Emmanuel V. Soriano and Francisco R. Nemenzo, Jr., as well as former UP Diliman Chancellor Sergio S. Cao attended the ceremony. Also, National Artist for Music Ramon P. Santos, National Scientists Dr. Edgardo Gomez and Dr. Gravino Trono graced the event.
The appointed vice chancellors of UP Diliman also affirmed their posts. These include Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Benito M. Pacheco, Vice Chancellor for Administration Virginia C. Yap, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Neil Martial R. Santillan, and Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Dr. Nestor T. Castro. Dr. Santillan and Dr. Castro are faculty members of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP). Official of different offices in UP Diliman were also presented at the ceremony.
The affirmation rites also showcased performances from various student and cultural organizations in the university. Performances from UP Pugad Sayk, UPIS Seraphim and Cherubim, UP Musika Asyatika, UP Dance Company, UP Filipiniana Dance Troupe, UP Varsity Pep Squad and the UP Singing Ambassadors delighted the crowd. The reception followed at the UP Ang Bahay ng Alumni.
Officials, faculty members and staff of the CSSP attended the event. Lead by Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, the CSSP delegation delightedly welcomes the affirmation. Chancellor Tan was the Dean of CSSP, from July 2011 – February 2014, until he was appointed by the UP BOR to his current post.