Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila M. de Lima will be the guest speaker in this year’s College recognition rites, the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) announced today.
The choice of de Lima as keynote speaker was made in view of her record as a public servant, educator and academic achiever.
Sec. de Lima attended elementary and secondary school at the La Consolacion College where she graduated class valedictorian. She obtained her A.B. Major in History and Political Science degree from De La Salle University in 1980. She completed her law education in 1985 at the San Beda College as the class salutatorian and would later on place eighth in the Bar exams of the same year.
Prior to serving as secretary of the DOJ, de Lima was chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (2008-2010). She also worked as secretary of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (1993-2005) and confidential attorney of Supreme Court Associate Justice Isagani Cruz (1986-89).
Sec. de Lima is also an educator, having served as professor of Law from 1986-2004 and 2006-2007 in San Beda College.
Sec. de Lima has received numerous awards in government and public service, criminal justice, and leadership.
The NCPAG Recognition Rites will be held on 26 June 2015 at the NCPAG Dome.
A total of 122 students will graduate from the NCPAG with their bachelors (83), master’s (28), diploma (8) and doctoral (3) degrees. Thirty-one students will be graduating with honors—24 cum laude, 2 magna cum laude and 1 summa cum laude.