SMC To Honor Lasallian Educator Carmelita Quebengco At De La Salle Week Convocation

Dr. Carmelita Quebengco, 2018 De LaSalle Week Convocation Honoree.Chancellor Emeritus Carmelita Quebengco, PhD, AFSC, of De La Salle University in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, will receive an honorary doctoral degree as the guest of honor at the annual De La Salle Week Convocation on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Saint Mary’s College of California. Quebengco will be recognized for her exemplary life-long service, academic scholarship, and stellar leadership as a Lasallian Catholic administrator.

“As the first woman president of De La Salle University, and leader of many significant educational initiatives, including establishing a school for indigenous communities in the Philippines, Dr. Quebengco is a remarkable role model for our students,” said Saint Mary’s President James Donahue. “Her academic career embodies our Lasallian Catholic mission and has been dedicated to empowering others to live meaningful and dignified lives. We are truly fortunate and honored to have Dr. Quebengco visit our College.”

A widely respected educator, Quebengco received the highest honor bestowed on a layperson by the Catholic Church’s oldest religious order devoted exclusively to teaching. Affiliated in 2009, she was named an honorary member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Quebengco will also be Saint Mary’s first woman Convocation honoree.

The Convocation is the centerpiece of the College’s weeklong celebration of the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, and founder of the Christian Brothers and Saint Mary’s Lasallian heritage and mission. It takes place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in the College’s Chapel at 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, Calif. 94575.

In addition to the Convocation honoring Quebengco, De La Salle Week (April 21-29) includes an academic symposium that explores important new research about declining interest in the Catholic faith among young people, a cultural celebration for LatinX students, and a women’s leadership retreat.

Quebengco was appointed the first woman and lay president of De La Salle University in 2003. Her academic research on Philippine indigenous education gave rise to the establishment of the Pundasyon Hanunuo Mangyan School. Located in the southern province of Mindoro—the seventh largest island in the Philippines—the school serves several communities among the country’s indigenous groups, collectively referred to as the Mangyan. The school integrates indigenous culture in its curriculum, provides culturally competent instruction, and seeks to alleviate poverty and promote cultural and environmental preservation.

Quebengco’s journey as a Lasallian educator began in a classroom at La Salle Green Hills High School in Metro Manila. Her subsequent academic career included serving as a faculty member in De La Salle University’s Graduate School of Education, and as associate dean of its College of Liberal Arts. She went on to serve as the institution’s first woman executive vice-president/chancellor, and then as De La Salle University’s president in 2003.

Quebengco earned her doctorate in educational management from De La Salle University and both a master’s degree in educational administration and bachelor’s degree in speech and drama from the University of the Philippines.

Visit the College’s Mission and Ministry Center online for more information about De La Salle Week at Saint Mary’s.


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