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RUM graduates 1,729 at 111th commencement

Including 8 who earned the university’s first master’s degree in school psychology

Students from the College of Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus received their diplomas on Thursday morning.

By The Star Staff

The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Mayagüez Campus (RUM) held its 111th commencement this week, in which 1,729 students received their bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in three ceremonies.

At two ceremonies on Thursday, students from the College of Engineering received their diplomas in the morning, and students from the College of Arts and Sciences graduated in the afternoon. On Friday, the Colleges of Business Administration and Agricultural Sciences were scheduled to graduate, with all events held at Rafael A. Mangual Coliseum.

During graduation, for the first time at RUM and UPR, master’s degrees in school psychology were awarded to eight students who completed this first step of the combined academic program leading to a doctorate in school psychology, in two areas of specialization: clinical psychology and neuropsychology.

The pioneering graduates of the aforementioned program, which began in 2020 at RUM, are Brenda M. Cintrón Rodríguez, Krystal Colón Rivera, Yan Lee Feng Ruiz, Lina M. Morales Bernal, Mónica Desireé Ruiz Ruiz, Maryliz Soto Quiles, Mariely Vélez Pérez and Angélica Cristina Zayas Alicea. All will continue their journey toward their doctorate.

Meanwhile, Edwin C. López Ramos became the first graduate student to complete a doctorate from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at RUM. López Ramos investigated the topic of the effects of bubble rupture on the viability of red blood cells, subjected to a resonant acoustic standing wave.

In a ceremony that took place prior to graduation, RUM conferred an honorary doctorate to Prof. Luisa R. Seijo Maldonado, as well as the rank of emeritus professor to retired professors Dr. Gladys M. González Martínez and Dr. James S. Beaver.

The 2024 class is made up of 891 men, or 52%, while 838, or 48%, are women. The honor roll is made up of 870 students, or 57% of the 1,521 students earning their baccalaureate degree. Of the 40 Summa Laude, 15 met the requirements to receive the Luis Stefani Raffucci Grand Prix, graduating with a grade point average if 4.0. Meanwhile, 530 were Magna Laude, and 300 were Laude.

Of the 15 students to receive the prestigious Raffucci award, the highest academic award given by the institution for having completed their degree with a perfect average, nine are from the College of Arts and Sciences: Daniella Del Mar Angueira Rosa, literature in English; Andrea Natalia Burgos Pagán, Estela M. Cruz García, Alexandra S. Fernández Parrado, Keysha N. Resto Bravo, Diego Fernando Santiago Jiménez and Adriana P. Santos Bagué, biology; Joshua Emanuel Chaparro Mata, physics; and Claudia Marie Ramos Lugo, industrial microbiology. The other six are from the College of Engineering: Giancarlo Castellini Coutin and Elderson Mercado Rivera, mechanical engineering; Carolina Camille Colón Colón, chemical engineering; Alejandro Manuel Cruzado Ruiz, software engineering; Heidin Alexander García Hernández, computer engineering; and Rolando Vázquez Rosario, industrial engineering.

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