Relationship Goals: UP couple to graduate as summa cum laude of Batch 2017


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Have you ever heard of the saying “study now, love later”?

While this saying helped many students successfully earn their degrees on time, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman sweethearts Willard Jose and Rangel Daroya proved that falling in love isn’t a hindrance to academic progress.

UP couple to graduate as summa cum laude of Batch 2017
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Ang Estudyante sa Septic Tank
Who would have thought that students in a relationship can even manage to graduate with flying colors?

“They are not just two beautiful people in photos. Little did we know, the two are couple. So what? Well, don't stop right there. Because the most exciting part is, they are two of the 36 Summa Cum Laudes of UP Diliman. WOW.

Wait! It doesn't end there yet though. These two are actually the valedictorian and salutatorian of Batch 2017. Yes, you read it right!” Ang Estudyante sa Septic Tank wrote on its Facebook page.

Both from the College of Engineering, Willard and Rangel will be earning their degrees in Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering (BS ECE) with the honor badge of summa cum laude. Willard, with a WGA of 1.058, earned the highest GWA among the summa cum laudes in the entire UP System for this year making him the batch valedictorian. Meanwhile, Rangel ranked second with a GWA of 1.074.

The lovebirds are both members of the organization UP Circuit and have previously worked together in a project during their stint as undergraduates.

“Sinong nagsabi na nakakasira ng pag-aaral ang pag-ibig? pAKiTuro phouwzz sila. Lol. Anyway, just remember the famous answer: "Never naging mali ang magmahal". Char. HAHAHA,” the caption reads.

This year, UP Diliman produced 36 summa cum laudes which include volleybelle Katherine Adrielle R. Bersola, the first from the College of Human Kinetics. Arman Ali Ghodsinia, a graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBB) and is from Marawi City, will give the valedictory address during the commencement exercises to be held on Sunday, June 25.


Editor's Note: Daroya and Jose clarified rumors about their romantic relationship on Sunday during the 106th commencement exercises. The two said they're just best friends.

-- Mini, The Summit Express

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