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UPR celebrates graduations at campuses across the island


Sisters Andrea, left, and Giuliana Conty Rodríguez both graduated from UPR-Mayagüez last weekend with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

By The Star Staff


The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) continues to celebrate the awarding of degrees to more than 8,000 graduates on its 11 campuses this month.


Members of the UPR Class of 2023 will receive diplomas from one of the institution’s 240 academic programs.


“The University of Puerto Rico gives the country its best professionals, its best talents,” UPR President Dr. Luis A. Ferrao Delgado said. “I hope that the education imparted, based on scientific knowledge, ethical dilemmas, critical thinking, leadership skills and a sense of humanism, will be standard wherever they go. We hope that you will stay here on our island, contributing your knowledge to our people.”


The first Class of 2023 graduation took place on June 2, when 753 Medical Sciences Campus students graduated in the health sciences.


The graduation ceremonies of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Business Administration, along with the College of Engineering, were held on June 9, and on Saturday, June 10, the graduation ceremonies of the College of Arts and Sciences were held.


On June 9 and 10, the graduation ceremonies of the UPR Mayagüez Campus (RUM by its Spanish acronym) were held at Rafael Mangual Coliseum. There, some 1,934 students received their diplomas.


The RUM offers a total of 61 baccalaureate and 46 graduate programs, which include master’s and doctoral degrees in the areas of engineering, agriculture, arts, sciences and business administration.


Among the RUM’s nearly 2,000 new graduates, only one year and five months in age separates sisters Andrea I. Conty Rodríguez and Giuliana S. Conty Rodríguez, who fulfilled their dream of graduating together.


To add to the pride that fills them, both achieved that dream with a perfect 4.00 grade point average, becoming winners of the highest award conferred by the institution to honor that feat of academic excellence, the Luis Stefani Raffucci Award.


The sisters completed their baccalaureates in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, so they paraded in last Saturday’s 110th RUM graduation ceremony. Andrea earned her history degree in the Department of Social Sciences, while Giuliana obtained hers from the Department of Psychology.


Likewise, Andrea was honored with the Salvador Brau Award as Best Student of the Department of Social Sciences, and Giuliana won the Hilda Bacó Pagán Award as Best Student of the Department of Psychology.


On Wednesday, the graduation ceremonies of the UPR Arecibo Campus were held at Manuel Petaca Iguina Coliseum. Some 564 students will receive academic degrees in unique programs such as: technology in chemical engineering, veterinary technology, industrial chemical processes, Ibero-American studies, information technology management and administrative processes with emphasis on virtual administrative professional and gastroenterological nursing.


Today, the UPR Humacao Campus will hold its graduation ceremonies at Marcelo Trujillo Coliseum at 4 p.m. Some 412 students will graduate from the 24 academic concentrations in the disciplines of biology, arts, social work, education, English communications, humanities, business administration, office systems, natural sciences, health allied sciences, mathematics and chemistry.


The UPR Aguadilla Campus, meanwhile, holds its graduation ceremonies on Friday at 10 a.m. at Raymond Dalmau Coliseum in Quebradillas. Some 362 students will take their degrees in the areas of business administration, natural sciences, education and physical education, office systems, technology in electronic engineering, humanities and social sciences, education in English in multimedia technology, and aeronautical and aerospace Technology.

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