The UP College of Music held its Centennial Graduation last June 24, 2016 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium with seventy graduates from various degrees offered by its eight departments. Marking the college’s 100th year as an institution on September 4, 2016, this year’s graduation is another significant milestone as the college continues to strive for excellence in the fields of music education, performance, and research.

The UP TUGMA on the Maguindanaoan kulintang ensemble signaled the ceremonial procession of the graduating students from the Annex building towards the auditorium. The multi-awarded UP ARCO, led by its music director Prof. Edna Martinez, welcomed the graduating batch with their rendition of Angel Peña’s Prelude and Fugue. After the singing of the National Anthem, Dean Jose Buenconsejo delivered his opening remarks, stressing that the discipline and the relationships they gained in college are far greater than the grades they got for these will truly prepare them for their journey outside the university.

This year’s graduating class was led by its valedictorian Mr. Jimuel Dave Dagta, BM Composition, Magna Cum Laude. In his speech, he said that his studying in the UP College of Music was an opportunity he had to grab when a potential scholarship was offered to him should he pass the college entrance exam. He knew at that time that his parents could not afford to send him to a good school in Metro Manila so he took the chance. Also, he honored the graduates and their respective parents, family and friends, and especially the Lord Almighty from whom all inspirations and provisions come from according to him.

Guest speaker Mr. Freddie Aguilar – singer, songwriter, and cultural worker – gave the graduates a very good overview of the hardships that he went through, without any formal training, to reach the level of success that he is enjoying right now. He underscored how challenges, passion for your craft, and divine intervention could meet and eventually create harmony in one’s life.

The college also honored Dr. Felicidad Prudente, who retired from service in the University for her valuable contributions to the college, and Mr. Mark Olivares, who passed away while doing what he loved to do, teaching piano at the Extension Program class.

The celebration ended with the traditional singing of UP Naming Mahal by Nicanor Abelardo rendered by the UP ARCO.