The UP Open University Commencement Exercises

The UP Open University Commencement Exercises are held annually at the UPOU Headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna. The Officials of the UP System, UPOU and other UP Constituent Units, the UPOU Faculty and Staff join the graduating students in celebrating this annual festive event.

Attendance of the graduating student to the commencement program is optional. During the ceremony, all candidates shall wear the official UP Sablay and UPOU pin instead of the traditional academic gown. While, the PhD/Doctoral graduates shall additionally wear the PhD/Doctoral hood during the Hooding Ceremony.

Graduates from the previous academic year who were not able to join their commencement program may join the succeeding graduation ceremony by sending an email of intent to join the graduation program a month prior to the scheduled date of graduation to the Records Section’s email address ([email protected]).

Graduation Checklist

  • Application for Graduation

    • The “No application”, “No graduation” policy is strictly implemented. The application for graduation serves as the basis for evaluating the record of the student/candidate. If the student is completing all the academic requirements of the program on his/her last enrollment, s/he should apply for graduation on or before the deadline for filing of application for graduation on that particular term. Please refer to the academic calendar for the deadline for filing the application for graduation.
View the Application for Graduation procedure
The next checklist shall be done only by the confirmed graduates and upon the advise of the Office of the University Registrar (OUR).
  • Payment of Graduation Fee and Processing of University Clearance

    • Pay the graduation fee of three hundred pesos (PhP 300.00) which is inclusive of diploma.
    • Accomplish the University Clearance form and submit it to the OUR together with the proof of payment for graduation fee. The approved university clearance is required for the release of official academic documents such as transcript of records and diploma.
View the Payment of Fees procedures
View the Application for University Clearance procedure
  • Confirmation of Attendance for the commencement program (optional)

    • The confirmation of attendance allows the OUR to determine the number of attendees in the rehearsal and commencement program.
    • Wait an email from the OUR for further instructions for the confirmation of attendance.
  • UP Alumni Association (UPAA) Membership

    • All graduates automatically become a member of the UP Alumni Association.
    • Read the UP Alumni Privacy Notice and UPAA Privacy Notice.
    • Print and accomplish the UPAA Membership form and pay the alumni fee of three hundred pesos (PhP 300.00) which covers the annual membership fee and two thousand five hundred pesos (PhP 2,000) for the lifetime membership to the UPAA Alumni Association.
Download the UPAA Membership form
  • UPOU Alumni Foundation Membership (optional)

    • Print and accomplish the UPOU Alumni Foundation Membership form.
    • Pay the alumni fee of three hundred pesos (PhP 300.00) which serves as a partial payment for the lifetime membership fee of one thousand five hundred pesos (PhP 1,500.00) to the UPOU Alumni Foundation.
Download the UPOU Alumni Membership form
  • Sablay / PhD Hood / UPOU Pin (optional)

    • Graduates who will attend the graduation ceremony are required to wear the UP Sablay.
    • The proper way of wearing and shifting the UP Sablay must be strictly followed.
    • UP Sablay and UPOU pins are available during the graduation rehearsal, or may be bought by sending an email to [email protected]
Watch the proper way of shifting the UP Sablay

UP Open University
24th Commencement Exercises

Recognition & Rehearsal: 25 September 2020 (F)
Graduation Rites: 26 September 2020 (S)

Contact Information
Ms. Vicki Canape Belegal
Ms. Doreen L. Pamulaklakin
Student Records and Appraisal Section
Office of the University Registrar
UP Open University
Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines
Tel No: (6349) 536-6001 local 103/104
Email: [email protected]