Filipina graduates summa cum laude, finishes 3 majors at New York University

Images by Kate Lord/New York University and Janelle Panganiban via Facebook pages
  • Janelle Micaela Panganiban graduated summa cum laude from the prestigious New York University (NYU)
  • She finished 3 majors: Global Public Health, Public Policy, and Sociology
  • Panganiban shared that she will go back to the Philippines and contribute to her countrymen

A Filipina made a mark in the prestigious New York University (NYU) as she graduated with the highest honors.

Janelle Micaela Panganiban graduated summa cum laude in the prestigious American university. She also finished with three majors: Global Public Health, Public Policy, and Sociology.

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She was also one of the few graduates who earned the honor to wear a gold tassel on graduation day as she was awarded the Founder’s Day award for excellence in sociology. Panganiban also received the Alexander L. Shluger award.

Panganiban, who is a member of the Gaddang indigenous group from Isabela, is the daughter of ANAC-IP Partylist Rep. Jose Panganiban Jr. and Angadanan Mayor Lourdes Panganiban.

The top-ranking graduate shared with Manila Bulletin that she will definitely give back to her beloved Philippines, “As a Filipino, I feel like I have the obligation to bring all of these back to the Philippines and at the same time, as a descendant of the Gaddangs, I find myself impassioned for indigenous resurgence as a step to combat the long and embedded history of colonization.”

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The Philippine Consulate General will award Panganiban with the the Northern Star Award given to Filipino-Americans who graduated with excellent academic achievement.

NYU is one of the biggest universities in the United States with enrollment of nearly 60,000 in 2017.

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