The 2017 CSWCD Recognition Day was held on 25 June 2017, Sunday, at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, UP College of Music wherein a total of seventy-three (73) students obtained their undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees from various programs in the college. Leading the graduates was Ms. Renalie Zennie L. Cabatu, who obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development. She also graduated top of her class as the lone magna cum laude. With Cabatu were nine (9) cum laudes, six (6) of which came from the Department of Community Development (BSCD) and three (3) came from the Department of Social Work (BSSW). A total of forty-seven (47) students graduated with a Bachelor’s degree while twenty-five (25) students obtained a Master’s degree in Community Development (MCD – 14), Social Work (MSW – 4), and Women and Development Studies (MAWD – 7) respectively. Mr. Angelito B. Meneses was the only doctorate student who marched this year but he was the 11th student to finish the Doctor in Social Development (DSD) program since it started in 2009.
Chancellor Michael L. Tan, DVM, PhD was the guest speaker of the recognition day wherein he delivered an inspirational speech that sought to challenge the graduates to give back to the community and serve the people, a mandate that CSWCD wishes its graduates to practice in their respective lives. Cabatu also gave her valedictory speech wherein she shared her journey as a student of UP Diliman for six (6) years, first as an Engineering student then as a shiftee to the Community Development program. Mr. Jasper Caesar E. Jampac, MAWD graduate and Academic Excellence Awardee also gave a wonderful speech to the graduates.
UP Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino or Kontra-GaPientertained the entire Abelardo Hall with lively indigenous music during intermissions. CSWCD Alumni Association President Ms. Caroliza Tulod-Peteros presided in the oath-taking ceremony of the graduates as newly-minted alumni of the college. Dr. Nathalie A. Verceles of DWDS and Mr. Edgie Francis B. Uyanguren were the moderators during the Recognition Day.