(UPDATED) A student with roots from Marawi City will graduate summa cum laude from the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Arman Ali Ghodsinia, a BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology student from the College of Science, obtained a general weighted average of 1.176.
He will deliver the valedictory speech in University of the Philippines Diliman's graduation rites this Sunday.
According to Ghodsinia, his speech will contain a call for peace in Marawi City.
Ghodsinia's mother is from Marawi City while his father is Iranian.
"Sana lang matapos na ang gulo doon para sa mga bata at makapag-aral. Masuwerte ako at nandito sa Maynila, malayo doon pero sana matapos na ang lahat ng kaguluhan doon," he said.
(I hope the violence in Marawi will end soon so that children can study. I am lucky that I am here in Metro Manila, far from there but I hope the fighting will stop.)
Ghodsinia also called on fellow Filipinos to be vigilant amid the martial declaration in Mindanao, as well as to protect the democracy, which is the theme of this year's graduation rites.
Ghodsinia is one of the 36 candidates for summa cum laude in UP Diliman.
Williard Joshua D. Jose of the College of Engineering (COE) who graduates with a BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering (BS ECE) got the highest average of 1.058, followed by Rangel DG. Daroya, also from the College of Engineering, with an average of 1.074.
The following also got the university's highest academic distinction:
Patricia S. Sy, 1.089
Victor Carlo G. Irene, 1.101
Stephanie Ann B. Lopez, 1.102
Paollo Deo R. Reyes, 1.103
Martin Anthony M. Salud, 1.104
John Ian V. Baytamo, 1.115
Arla Mae Nicole T. Salcedo, 1.125
John Alexander O. Soriano, 1.131
Jeynald Jeyromme L. Endaya, 1.133
Johntee T. Tantuco, 1.152
Quirby Angelo S. Alberto, 1.154
Angelica Cielo B. Gozar, 1.157
Philip Christopher S. Cruz, 1.163,
Krizzia Elyse B. Mañago, 1.163
Jose Monfred C. Sy, 1.166
Marco Angelo DP. Samonte, 1.166
Clare Feliz S. Tan, 1.166
Jan Patrick C. Tan, 1.168
Kristine Larissa B. Yu, 1.169
Christine Darla A. Bautista, 1.171
Christian Cariño, 1.172,
Corinna Victoria C. Martinez, 1.172,
Marco G. Del Valle, 1.173
Jennifer B. Rucio, 1.173
Arman A. Ghodsinia, 1.176
Ian Christian Belando Fernandez, 1.177
Ryan Timothy D. Yu, 1.179
Katherine Adrielle R. Bersola, 1.18
Marly Vea Clarisse L. Elli, 1.182
Mary Anne Balane, 1.183
Angelo Rafael E. Arcilla, 1.183
Erica Camille U. Lau, 1.193
Teod Carlo C. Cabili, 1.196
Kamille Anne U. Areopagita, 1.197
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno will be the commencement speaker.
Diokno, a UPD Professor Emeritus from the School of Economics, will also be confirmed a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the commencement exercises.
The Doctor of Laws, honoris causa is the University’s highest academic rank and honor. - with a report from Abner Mercado, ABS-CBN News