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UPR graduates more than 7,000 students

Six students from the College of Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus who received the Luis Stefani Raffucci Grand Prize for graduating with a 4.0 grade point average.

By The Star Staff

The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) this month has graduated 7,000 students as part of the Class of 2024 in 528 academic programs.

“This is a time of celebration of the achievements of students and families who are part of the University of Puerto Rico. Education is a powerful tool for change, and we are confident that these professionals will make significant changes in their community and in the world of work,” UPR President Luis A. Ferrao said. “We are proud to give the country the best talents; these students are members of a generation of heroes and heroines who, with their entrepreneurial initiatives and intellectual abilities, will always raise the name of the country’s university anywhere in the world.”

The day of degree presentations began with the graduation of the Medical Sciences Campus, where this year degrees were conferred on 653 students in the health sciences, highlighting 95 new doctors of medicine among the 222 conferred. Also, UPR awarded 25 doctor of philosophy (Phd) degrees, of which 12 were in biomedicine, 12 in biosocial sciences and one in nursing.

At the graduation ceremonies at UPR Arecibo, degrees were conferred on 486 students. Guest speaker Migdalia Figueroa, president of Telemundo Puerto Rico, invited the students to fight for their desires and never forget their origins.

UPR Humacao, meanwhile, conferred degrees on 401 students, of which 32 students stand out with the highest distinctions, recognizing among them Genesis Pérez González, who is the first to obtain two bachelor’s degrees in the sciences, one in data and other in computational mathematics.

UPR Aguadilla conferred degrees on 241 students, of which 123 received their degrees with distinctions and honors. In addition, students Derek Bonilla, from the Aeronautical and Aerospace Technology program, and Karelen Z. Ramos, from the Business Administration program, were recognized with the Chancellor’s Grand Prize.

As a great achievement, UPR Carolina conferred degrees to the first class of the baccalaureate in criminal justice online, a unique program of the UPR system, among the 360 university degrees that were presented as part of the graduation ceremony held in the emblematic Río Piedras Campus theater.

UPR Ponce, meanwhile, recognized the achievements of 306 graduates at the Ponce Fair Complex. The class had 144 academic distinctions from departments such as Business Administration and Computer Science, Engineering and Allied Health Studies, among others, and two special recognitions for the most outstanding athlete, the Pachín Vicéns Prize, and for the best accounting student awarded by the Certified Public Accountants Association.

The UPR Mayagüez Campus, as previously reported by the STAR, this year conferred degrees on 1,729 students, in three ceremonies, especially notable among them being the first class, of eight students, of the master’s degree in school psychology, and the first doctorate in mechanical engineering. Some 870 students made the honor roll, of which 15 met the requirements to receive the Luis Stefani Raffucci Grand Prize, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. It should be noted that this year there was representation of students from 74 of the 78 municipalities of the island and degrees were awarded to 60 international students, from Colombia, Peru, India, Russia, Honduras, Haiti, the Philippines, China, Guatemala, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

The units of Utuado, Bayamón, Cayey and the Río Piedras Campus (UPRRP) will hold their respective graduations this week, graduating more than 3,200 students, of which more than 2,000 are from the Río Piedras campus.

Among the UPRRP graduates are three students from the University Studies Program for Prison Inmates, and Blanca Pabón Pagán, a 73-year-old grandmother who has earned the admiration of many since she completed her bachelor’s degree in general studies with honors.

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