2560 Leon Guinto Street

Singalong, Malate, Manila






Academic Policies

College Calendar

The academic calendar consists of two semesters of 18 weeks each and a summer class of four to five weeks. The first semester starts in June and ends in October, while the second semester begins in November and ends in March. Generally, summer classes are conducted from April to May. The minimum actual contact time for every one unit academic credit is 18 hours.

Class Attendance and Schedules

Section 73 of the Manual of Regulations for Private Schools states that a student in every private school who incurs absences of more than 20% of the prescribed number of class hours or laboratory periods during the semester is given a failing grade and no credit for the course or subject. Absences are limited to seven for a twice-a-week and three for a once-a-week class. As a general rule, a student who reports to class after the class bell rings is considered tardy. A student is considered absent if she/he comes to class more than 15 minutes after the bell rings for one-hour classes and 30 minutes for two or three-hour classes. Three counts of tardiness are considered one absence.

Suspension of Classes

Suspension of classes may occur when the following situations call for it. 

      1. during an administration-sponsored convocation and/or activity
      2. during typhoons and other calamities
        • if typhoon signal number 1 is sounded, the following shall take effect:
          • College classes continue unless an announcement is made by the school officials authorized to call off classes; and
          • all personnel (staff and maintenance) are to continue their regular work schedules unless those authorized decide to suspend work and close the school, in which case, evening classes are automatically called off.
        • if typhoon signal number 2 is sounded before the beginning of morning classes, college students are still expected to come to class unless instructed not to do so by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) officials and/or via an announcement from school authorities aired over the radio and television or announced in the school’s website or text message.
        • if typhoon signal number 3 is sounded, the campus shall be automatically closed and all activities are suspended.
      3. Only the following may call for a suspension of classes: the School President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the College Dean, and the Academic Deans.
      4. School officials follow a procedural flowchart in suspending classes due to typhoons and other calamities.

Classes are held from Mondays to Saturdays

Monday and Saturday schedules are normally for once-a-week classes of three hours per meeting. Tuesday-Thursday and Wednesday-Friday class schedules for twice-a-week meetings cover one hour and thirty-minute sessions.

Summer Classes

The College offers selected courses during summer. Summer offerings are intended for students with failed or dropped subjects and who need to catch up with the regular flow of their program of study. Unless specified in the curriculum or granted approval by the Dean/Director, students are not allowed to take advanced subjects during summer. 

The load and sequence of subjects shall be in accordance with the approved curriculum of each program or course of study. As a general rule, no subject may be enrolled unless the pre-requisite subject has been passed. Upon the discretion of the Dean/Director and Registrar, a student may be allowed an additional subject load not exceeding three academic units of the regular load prescribed by the curriculum. However, a non-graduating student may be allowed an additional subject load only for the purpose of making up for a failed subject or for granting the student a regular status, if she/he passes the subject.

A student earns one unit credit equivalent for every one-hour-a-week class attended. Thus, a three-hour-a-week course enables the student to earn 3-unit credit, if she/he passes the course. A failing mark means zero (0) credit.

As a rule and in compliance with CHED requirements, no college student would be allowed to enroll in the fourth year unless she/he has passed all PE and NSTP subjects.  

Student Load and Subject Sequence

1. The load and sequence of subjects shall be in accordance with the approved curriculum for each program or course of study.  Reasonable exemptions to this rule may be permitted taking into account the best interest of the student and the objectives of SSC. Such instances usually come in a form of formal advice or communication from the dean’s/institute director’s office.

2. As a general rule, no subject may be taken unless the pre-requisite subjects have been taken and passed.

3. Upon the discretion of school deans, institute director, and registrar, a graduating student may be allowed an additional subject load in excess of the regular load indicated in the curriculum.

4. Upon the recommendation of the deans/director, non-graduating students may be allowed an additional subject load of not more than three (3) academic units in excess of the regular load if the purpose of such overload is to make up for a previously failed subject or to grant the student regular status upon passing the subject.

5. As a rule, laboratory subjects that are paired with an academic subject should be taken during the same semester as the academic subject even if separate grades are given for both. 

6. As a rule, no college student should be allowed to enroll in the 4th year unless the student has already taken and passed all PE and NSTP subjects.

Academic Overload 

1. Section 69 of the 1992 MRPS states that a graduating student may be permitted, upon the discretion of the school, an additional subject load of not more than two subjects or six academic units, in excess of the normal load specified in the curriculum.

2. CHED-NCR MEMO 3, s. 2000 reiterates this provision in recognition of the academic freedom of the institution.  In other words, the HEI, through the Registrar’s Office, shall assume responsibility in determining more than six units overload for graduating students as well as their general education courses.

3. In exceptional cases, a non-graduating student may be allowed to re-enroll a failed subject in addition to the normal load to regain the regular status.

A student is allowed only once to shift to another program. The student’s Cumulative Quality Point Average (CQPA) would not be adjusted even if some of the subjects are no longer needed in the new major field of study. Application to shift Program requires the following: Approval from both the Department Chair/Program Coordinator and the Dean. Submission of the approved application-to-shift form to the Registrar and Grants Office at least one month before the end of the semester for students who are not de-listed from a Program, and immediately before registration for the next semester for those delisted from a Program.

Changing, dropping, or adding of subjects after enrollment is allowed only for valid reasons within the prescribed period set by the Registrar’s Office. Valid reasons include changes in the schedule of subjects (or faculty) resulting in conflicts, the opening of petitioned subjects, student’s failure in pre-requisite subjects, and other similar reasons. As a rule, it is scheduled a day after the opening of classes to facilitate adjustment in schedule and processing of student records.

Policies and guidelines governing adjustment, adding and/or dropping subject/s are as follows: 

1. A student who officially drops subject/s during the adjustment period does not get any record of “W”; a full refund of tuition is granted to the student.

2. A student who officially drops the subject with justifiable reason before the midterm examination, noted by the professor and the dean, shall have a record of “W” which is not considered a failing mark. 

3. A student who unofficially drops the subject shall be given a failing mark of “FW”.

4. A student is not allowed to drop a subject after he/she has exceeded the allowable number of absences. A grade of “FA” or failed due to excess absences is given.

5. A student is no longer allowed to withdraw/drop a subject two weeks before the examination week.

Crediting, Equivalence, and Substitutes

In accordance with CHED-NCR Memo #3, s. 2000, a returning student who started under the old curriculum and whose subjects are no longer offered by the school may be advised to take substitute subjects under the new curriculum. The Department Chair / School Dean / Director, in coordination with the Registrar, shall be responsible for determining the substitute major or professional subjects.

(also referred to as substitute subjects) are subjects in the current curriculum that can be taken as equivalents or substitutes for subjects that are no longer offered. This is determined jointly by the Department Chair and the School Dean / Director in coordination with the Registrar following the principle that the substitute subject must be similar or strongly akin to the subject requirement.

Crediting of subjects previously taken is usually done by the Registrar in consultation with the School Dean / Director upon acceptance and enrollment of transferees. Under this procedure, credits are earned from the previous school are deemed sufficient to meet the curriculum requirements of the degree the student is working on. However, not all subjects taken in the precious school can be credited. Guidelines governing crediting of subjects are as follows:

1. Credited subjects should have a similar subject description to the subject required. 

2. Credited subjects should meet a minimum grade requirement set by the school.

3. Major or professional subjects may or may not be credited depending on the discretion of the Chair, the School Dean / Director.

4. a Limited number of credited units allowed in relation to the residency requirements of the school.

5. Physical Education (PE) and the National Service Training Program (NSTP) requirements are generally credited regardless of grade, provided that grade obtained is a passing Grade. 


A student may be allowed to enroll in the prerequisite and advanced subject simultaneously under the following conditions: if the pre-requisite is a “repeated” subject, if the student has superior scholastic standing (attach a copy of the scholastic record), if the student is graduating at the end of the semester. A subject enrolled without the necessary pre-requisite/s is not credited regardless of the grade obtained.

Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities

Students are free to join rallies and mobilization activities as part of their political rights. Classes are not suspended during rallies. Students are responsible for the classes they miss and for their own personal safety. The school is not liable for any untoward incident/s that may occur related to this matter. Students are encouraged to attend and participate in liturgical and para-liturgical services sponsored by the College.  These are: Masses (i.e. St. Benedict’s and St. Scholastica’s Feast Days, Christmas, Community Day, etc.) Advent and Lenten celebrations and turnover rites. 

Convocation Requirements 

      1. Convocations are assemblies, usually institutional events sponsored by the administration. These activities enhance the Benedictine culture and tradition of the school. Attendance at these activities is required for each semester.
      2. Convocation cards (CONVO CARDS) are obtained from the Student Affairs Office.  At the end of the semester, the card is presented to the SAO for clearance purposes.
      3. Convocation activities are FREE OF CHARGE.
      4. Students are required to attend five (5) convocations per semester.s.
      5. The convocation activities are announced by the Students Affairs Office through notices posted on the SAO Board and other bulletin board

Examples of convocation activities are:

      • Orientation and Re-orientation Programs
      • Opening Mass for the School Year
      • Community Day Celebration
      • Opening and Closing Rites of Intramurals
      • Dialogue between Students, Faculty and Administration Officials – on a per school/institute basis
      • “Miting de Avance”  for Student Council Election
      • Christmas Program/Peace Camp
      • Institutional Mass/Morning Prayer
Note that students are automatically excused from classes to attend Admi-sponsored Convocations.

1. Final examination schedules are posted on the School Dean’s/Institute Director’s bulletin board a week before the examinations. These schedules must be followed strictly by faculty members and students.

2. Students with conflict in exam schedules must notify the School Dean’s/Institute Director’s Office about the matter immediately.

3. No one is allowed to take an earlier final examination unless permission is given by the School Dean/Institute Director. 

4. Midterm examinations, depending on the discretion of the teacher, may or may not be given. Midterm grades, however, are given based on agreed criteria set at the beginning of the semester.

5. A student will not be allowed to take a final examination without presenting her EXAMINATION PERMIT CARD (EPC) which is secured from the Student Affairs Office (SAO).

Possession of an EPC indicates that the student has cleared her/his obligations with the following offices:

Audio-Visual Center

Business Office

Institutional Campus Ministry Office

Career and Placement Office
(3rd and 4th year students)

Computer Center

Food/Science Laboratories

Fine Arts Laboratory
(For Fine Arts students)

Guidance Office


Medical and Dental Clinic

Registrar and Grants Office

Student Affairs Office

6. During the examination, no student may leave her/his assigned place without permission from the proctor.

7. Students must be in complete uniform (including school ID) during examinations.

8. A student who arrives after the examination has started is considered late and will not be allowed to take the said examination.

9. A student who misses the scheduled final examination, due to absence for cause (i.e. serious illness, death in the family), must write the School Dean/Institute Director for a special final examination within two (2) weeks after the missed examination.  If no special examination is taken, the teacher shall grade the student on the basis of her/his performance for the entire semester (final examination grade = 0).  

The  student’s  grade  is  computed using a variety of assessment tools/rubrics to evaluate academic performance, e.g., written and oral tests, recitations, term papers, book reports, and other performance tasks and activities. The grading system is usually included in the course syllabus.

1. The student’s grade in any subject/course is based not only on the formal examinations but in every kind of evidence upon which the faculty member can depend in coming to a decision: recitation, term papers, book report, written and oral tests or quizzes, and other projects.

2. Letter grades and the Quality Point Average (QPA) are used to gauge a student’s progress. Unless otherwise stipulated by the teacher at the beginning of the semester, the following system will be used:








95 – 100


A –

Very Good

90 – 94


B +


85 – 89




80 – 84


B –


75 – 79


C +


70 – 74




65 – 69


C –


60 – 64


D +


55 – 59




50 – 54




Below 50


3. Other Grading Marks: 

a. D minus (D -) may be given for mid-terms only at the teacher’s discretion as warning. As a final grade, it is converted to a grade the student deserves.

b. INC. (Incomplete) may not be given as a final grade.  A student who misses the scheduled final examination must report for a special final examination within two weeks after the missed examination.  If no special examination is taken, the teacher shall grade the student on the basis of her performance for the entire semester.

c. Dropped:    

• Withdrawal from a subject within two (2) weeks after opening of classes:

– Dropped subject is not encoded in the student’s academic record;

– No permission is needed from the Academic Dean

– Tuition is REFUNDABLE – 90% if dropping within the first week and 80% within the second week.

• Withdrawal from a subject or subjects beyond two weeks after opening of classes when applied for during the period beyond two weeks after mid-terms or immediately prior to final examination week:

– Permission/approval is required from the professor and Academic Dean.

– Dropped subject is encoded in the student’s academic records as “W”.


d. Withdrawal from SSC: Withdrawal from all subjects or from a course enrolled in during the semester requires signature of all professors and approval of the Academic Dean.

• When applied for up to two (2) weeks after registration or opening of classes, tuition is REFUNDABLE – 90% within the first week and 80% within the second week; withdrawal is not encoded in the student’s academic record

• Withdrawal applied for beyond the specified two (2) weeks, TUITION IS NOT REFUNDABLE. Withdrawal is encoded as “W’ in the student’s academic record.

e. FA: Failure due to EXCESSIVE ABSENCES – Quality Point is zero (QP = 0)

A student who exceeds the limited number of absences automatically earns an FA grade for that subject. S/He may no longer drop/withdraw from the course after the FA is earned.  The excess absence incurred will be judged by the faculty on the student’s reason for the absence in the determination of the FA grade.

4. QUALITY POINTS earned by the student in the subjects enrolled are computed as follows:

Quality Point Average (1st Semester)




Quality Points




3.0 x 3 = 9.0



B +

3.5 x 3 = 10.5



A –

3.7 x 3 = 11.1

College Algebra



2.0 x 4 = 8.0

Philippine History


C +

2.5 x 3 = 7.5

Language 1 & 2



4.0 x 6 = 24.0









      Total Quality Point Ave.                =                          70.1   

            (1st Semester)                                                  22 = 3.19

      Total Quality Point Ave.                =                          59.6 = 2.84

            (2nd Semester)                                                     21

      Cumulative Quality Point               =                          70.1 + 59.6 = 3.02

                                                                                 22 + 21

      Average (CQPA) as of 2nd semester of Year I = 3.02

5. CHANGE OF GRADE is requested by faculty members in writing, with the corresponding proof of error in computation or valid reason for such a change.  The Academic Council through the Change of Grade Committee recommends approval or disapproval of the change of grade request.

1. Students with a semester’s Quality Point Average (QPA) of 3.50 and above qualify for the Dean’s List for that semester.

2. Students with a Cumulative Quality Point average (CQPA) of 3.50 and above for all semesters’ courses taken qualify for the Honors’ Circle.

3. Students with less than 15 units load in the previous semester (underload due to academic deficiency or those taking less units than the specified number of units in the curriculum) are not qualified for honors.

4. Only those students whose grades in the previous semester are complete can be candidates for honors. Those with incomplete grades (Practicum and/or Thesis) may qualify for honors only after their grades in these subjects have been submitted.

5. Only those students with no withdrawn or failed subjects in the previous semester qualify for the Dean’s List and only those with no withdrawn or failed grades in all semesters qualify for the Honors’ Circle.

6. The TOP FIVE (5) students in the Honors’ Circle and the Dean’s List are entitled to a ten (10) percent discount on tuition fee.

Procedure for Determining Honors:

1. Evaluators compute for QPA and CQPA once all grades have been submitted/encoded.

2. From the ISIS, a listing of the candidates for Dean’s List and Honors’ Circle is printed.

3. Respective evaluators check lists and identify students who have:
     • Incurred failures and/or withdrew subjects in previous semester/s

     • Less than 15 units load

     • Incomplete grades 

4. The Registrar counter-checks the lists.

5. Once final, the Registrar prepares a new list using the following guidelines:

Dean’s List

Candidates are ranked from highest (4.0 QPA) to lowest (3.50 QPA) by Schools:


– School of Arts and Sciences
– School of Accountancy
– School of Business
– School of Music
– Institute of Hospitality, Leisure and Restaurant Management

Honors’ Circle

Candidates are ranked from highest (4.0 CQPA) to lowest (3.50 CQPA) by year level.

On Pending Status

Since some grades (Practicum and/or Thesis) are not submitted on time, the students’ QPA/CQPA will not be accurate. As soon as the grade/s are submitted and encoded,the QPA/CQPA is computed and if the student qualifies for honors, the Registrar’s Office prepares the certificate/s.

6. Two sets of lists are prepared:

     • For posting at the Registrar’s Office and at the Student Affairs Office

     • For the emcees during the Recognition Day

The candidates are arranged from lowest (3.50 QPA/CQPA) to highest (4.0 QPA/CQPA) since the last names to be read are those who topped the Dean’s List and Honors’ Circle.

A list of the TOP TEN Dean’s Lister and Honors Circle members may also be prepared.

7. Certificates are prepared and arranged according to the lists.

8. Certificates are forwarded to the respective Deans/Director, the College Dean and the VP for Academics for their signatures.

Students pursuing a degree program should file an application form for the major field of study of their choice, normally after the second semester midterm examinations in the first or second year. In accepting students to the major course, each Department has its own policies and procedures (such as qualifying examinations and interviews) which are specified in the respective department’s brochures. In most departments, students start with their major field of study in their junior year while in some courses, like Education, Fine Arts, Mass Communication, Interior Design, Information Technology, Nutrition and Dietetics and Accountancy, they begin right in their first year. Once accepted into the major, a student is expected to fulfill certain retention requirements of the department. A student who fails to fulfill retention requirements would be recommended by the Department Chair/Coordinator to the Dean/Registrar either for probationary status or delisting from the Program.

Retention Policy

SSC requires a student to maintain a CQPA of at least 2.30, with no more than four F’s at any given time to qualify to enroll each semester. A student who gets a CQPA lower than 2.30 is put under academic probation. The probationary period is determined by the Dean who issues a formal letter to the student and which is signed by the parents to confirm their agreement with the conditions set by the school. 

Aside from the College requirement of 2.30 CQPA, every Department requires that a student’s grade in each of the major subjects must be within the cut-off level as determined by the Department. Failure to stay within the cut-off level may put a student on probation or, in extreme cases, may be delisted from the Program. As a rule, a student who has been delisted from a Program could not be re-admitted to the same Program at any given time.

Academic Promotions

 It is the student’s responsibility to ascertain her/his academic standing at the end of each semester. For unconditional promotion to the next year level, a student of any year level must obtain a Cumulative Quality Point Average (CQPA) of at least 2.30, computation must include all courses taken during the semester. The student will be asked to leave the college if s/he does not meet the 2.30 CQPA standard academic requirement or accumulates five (5) F’s, whichever comes first.


In a consortium agreement, a student may enroll and take a subject in another member school if said subject is either not offered in her/his home school or is in conflict with her/his schedule for the semester. This unique arrangement provides both the school and the student an efficient way of addressing problems such as costly tutorial classes or accumulating back subjects which generally lead to the delay of a student’s graduation and / or in the completion of academic requirements. 

For valid reasons as determined by the Registrar or School Dean / Institute Director, a student may be issued a permit to cross-enroll in another school. Valid reasons include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. The subject is not offered or is no longer offered in the home school, usually as a result of changes or revisions in the curriculum

2. The subject is closed, dissolved or in conflict with another schedule

3. The student is in her/his terminal term 

4. The subject is a back subject or a pre-requisite subject

Cross-enrollment may be granted under the following conditions:

1. The course description of the subject taken in the host school is similar to that of the home school

2. The student does not cross-enroll in more than one school per term.


This is a partnership between two colleges which allows a student to take the major subjects for the course of her/his choice in another member school while being enrolled in the home school for the basic subjects. When the student completes the program, her/his diploma is signed by the two school presidents. The Registrar’s Office takes full responsibility for the smooth flow of the shared-degree program and cross-registration of students following the approved procedures and agreement between and among consortium member schools of the CWC and SMI-IC.

Students of SSC or from other schools may be allowed to audit a subject approved by their respective Chair/Coordinator or Dean. Formal arrangements are made between the Dean of SSC and the Dean of the other school. Registration for audit classes is done through the Registrar and Grants Office and the current tuition fee applies. No credit is given for audited subjects.

A student is encouraged to seek academic consultation and/or counseling/advising from her/his Professors, Department Chair, Dean/Director, Registrar or Counselors. The College offers a variety of professional services to make students’ life easier.  First-year students go through two semesters of Euthenics Program which provides them the opportunity to discuss with their advisers/counselors their academic and adjustment problems. Once in their major fields, students work closely with their Department Chairs/Program Coordinators who assist them in their academic needs. 

List of Academic Deans/Department Chairpersons/Coordinators:

Phone: (632) 567-7686 local 294

Dr. Remedios Ching
Dean of College

E-mail: dremy.ching@gmail.com

Phone: (632) 567-7686 local 299

Ester F. Ledesma
Dean of Accountancy

E-mail: ledesmaester@yahoo.com

Prof. Rolando Quiambao
Accountancy Undergraduate Program

Emai: rnq622@yahoo.com.ph

Phone: (632) 567-7686 local 292

Ma. Asuncion A. Azcuna
Dean of School of Arts and Sciences
E-mail: mariasunazcuna@yahoo.com

Dr. Richard Pulmones                        
Education Department, Undergraduate Programs

Email: richard.pulmones@yahoo.com

Prof. Adelaida Villegas                        
Education Department, Graduate Programs

Email: racmag47@yahoo.com

Prof. Joselito Kabayan                        
Department of Fine Arts & Interior Design
Email: jokayaban@yahoo.com

Prof. Evangeline Kuizon                                 Coordinator for Interior Design
Email: geek235@gmail.com

Prof. Bethel Ann Batallones                            
Department of Languages & Literature

Email: bethelannb@yahoo.com

Prof. Marina Merida                                        
Area Coordinator for Filipino

Email: mgmerida2011@gmail.com

Noel Christian Moratilla                                 Area Coordinator for Communication Arts
Emai: nomorat@yahoo.com

Atty. Charlton Jules Romero                    
Mass Communication Department

Email: cjpromero@yahoo.com

Prof. Lester Edgard Morales                    
Track Coordinator for Advertising

Email: lesteredgardmorales@yahoo.com

Prof. Flordeliz Abanto                                     
Track Coordinator for Broadcast Journalism

Email: lizaban2@yahoo.com

Prof. Ma. Aurora Lomibao        
Track Coordinator for Development Communication
Email: wowie.lomibao@gmail.com

Prof. Johnathan Rondina                          
Track Coordinator for Print Journalism

Email: nathrondina@gmail.com

Prof. Antonio Santos                                        
Department of Mathematics

Email: tony_santos8195@yahoo.com

Prof. Jovito Rey Gonzales                               
Department of Information Technology

Email: ovirey@yahoo.com

Prof. Cynthia Gayya                                       Nutrition and Dietetics Deparment
Email: ctgayya@yahoo.com

Dr. El Mithra Delacruz                         
Philosophy Department

Email: ellemithra@yahoo.com

Prof. Encarnita Deveraturda
Physical Education Department

Email: edevaraturda@yahoo.com

Dr. Ma. Victoria Trinidad         
Psychology / Guidance and Counseling Department, 

Graduate & Undergraduate Programs
Email: mvtrinidad_2005@yahoo.com

Prof. Salvacion Dorado                        
Natural Sciences Department

Email: salve.dorado@yahoo.com

Prof. Christian Jordan De la Rosa        
Coordinator for Biology

Email: cjodelarosa_ssc@yahoo.com

Prof. Mary Joy Orante                         
Social Sciences Department

Email: maryjoylro@yahoo.com

Prof. Raul Llorin                                              
Theology Department

Email: raullorin@yahoo.com

Dr. Carmelita Usog                                          
Department of Women’s Studies, 

Graduate & Undergraduate Programs
Email: lilith_usog@yahoo.com

Phone: (632) 567-7686 local 296

Ramon Mañalac
Dean of Commerce

E-mail:  ramon@manalac.com

Dr. Ralph Sabio                                               
Business Management

Email: alsabio@yahoo.com

Prof. Delia Sarmiento                          
Business & Information Systems Management

Email: msdelssc@gmail.com

Pro. Aries Gamboa                                      
International Business Economics and Diplomacy
Email: agamboa@bsp.gov.ph

Prof. Brenda Roselle Palad                  
Financial Management
Emai: brendapalad@yahoo.com

Prof. Evaristo Acuna                            
Marketing Management

Email: joeya_0526@yahoo.com

Phone: (632) 567-7686 local 288

Sr. Mary Placid Abejo, OSB
Dean of Music

E-mail: sr.placid.abejo@ssc.edu.ph

Prof. Ramona T. Balingcos
Associate Dean of Music

Email: ramona_balingcos@yahoo.com

Prof. Marian De Vera                           
Music Education Department

Email: marian_d_v@yahoo.com

Prof. Juliana Moonette Manrique                   Piano Department
Emai: msmanrique@yahoo.com

Prof. Mia Lina Bolanos                         
Voice Department

Email: lilarayana@yahoo.com

Prof. Greg Zuniega                                          
Theory and Literature Department

Email: gzuniega@yahoo.com

Prof. Joseph Guzman                          
Guitar Department

Email: hellshock999@yahoo.com

Prof. Gina Medina                                          
Strings and Wind Department

Email: gina.violin@gmail.com



As a general rule, no student should be allowed to graduate unless he or she has complied with all academic, non-academic and other requirements imposed by the institution for graduation.  This means obtaining passing grades in all subjects in the curriculum, compliance with the NSTP and SSC requirements and completion of all admissions requirements – including the Form 137 or TOR and transfer credentials  from the school of last attendance. 

Duly signed college graduation clearance implies student’s completion of all academic requirements and clearance from any financial or property responsibility with the school.

Application for Graduation

1. SSC requires college graduating students to apply for graduation because of a high number of irregular students in certain degree programs.  Since the application for graduation allows the Registrar’s office to determine which records to evaluate for graduation, it is expected that application for graduation is filed in July or not later than the start of the student’s last semester in school. This will give  the candidates the opportunity to be informed of the deficiencies before enrolling for their last term.   The application is also the basis for determining the tentative list of candidates for graduation which is generally released in January each year.

2. As a general rule, no degree should be conferred upon a student unless s/he has taken the last curriculum year of the course in the college, which is to confer the degree. (Par. 156. 1971 MRPS; Section 140, Grading/Promotion System: Tertiary Level, Education Law, MRPS 1992 Edition).

Graduation Requirements

Upon completion of all the Academic and Non-Academic requirements of their chosen programs of study, students become qualified to earn then respective degrees. The requirements for earning a degree are as follows:

 Course Requirements – Graduating students must have completed all the academic requirements pertinent to her / his degree as approved by CHED and SSC.


• Grade Requirements – Students must pass all their subjects and must have a minimum required CQPA of 2.30 and must not have more than four (4) failures at the end of the final semester of their senior year in order to earn their SSC diploma and participate in the graduation rites.

• Double-degree Requirements – Students enrolled in the double-degree programs (LIACOM, LIALIA, COMCOM) must have completed all the requirements of each programs of study to earn two (2) degrees.

• Attendance in the Senior’s Retreat (c/o Institutional Campus Ministry)




• Comprehensive Examinations – All graduating students are required to take the comprehensive examinations in the General Education (GE) / General Business Education (GBE) and the majors. Candidates in the AB, BS, and Music programs take the GE comprehensive examination. Candidates in the Business, Accountancy, and HRM programs take the GBE comprehensive examinations.

• Thesis – All graduating students are required to write a thesis and defend it orally before a panel. Instead of the thesis requirement, Music majors give a graduation recital following a faculty audition which determines their eligibility for graduation. 

Partipication in the Graduation Rites


1. Submission of duly signed graduation clearance.

5. Attendance in the Baccalaureate Mass.

2. Punctual and regular attendance in the graduation orientation, all graduation practices, and the technical dress rehearsal. 

6. Proper decorum during the Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Mass.

3. Toga-fitting.


7.No record of disqualification from joining the graduation rites due to academic or discipline-related matters.

4. Proper graduation attire.


Students who qualify to graduate with honors must meet the minimum CQPA requirement of 3.50 and the following:

1. Residence of at least three (3) years in College.

2. A minimum of 75% of the required subjects for a program or course in SSC (Section 87 of the MPRS).

3. No grade of F, FA, FW in any semester.

4. No record of W or withdrawal in any semester.

5. Grades earned by transferees within the minimum of three (3) years residence at SSC are counted in the CQPA computation.

6. Grades earned by regular students during the entire period of her/his stay in College are counted in the CQPA computation for honors, and

7. No major offense committed during the entire stay at SSC.

Latin Honors


Minimum CQPA Requirement

Summa Cum Laude


Magna Cum Laude


Cum Laude


“With Special Recognition in Written and Oral Comprehensives”

A student may graduate “With Special Recognition in Written and Oral Comprehensives” if s/he earned grades of A or A- for both the written and oral comprehensives.

In recognition of students’ outstanding service to the College, excellent performance in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and years spent studying in SSC and other ABS schools, the College annually confers special awards during the commencement exercises. To be eligible for said awards, the graduating student should meet the minimum criteria as follows:

1. Residence of at least three (3) years in College.

2. No grade of F, FA, FW in any semester.

3. No major offense committed during the entire stay at SSC.

All awards given are deliberated upon by the Awards Committee, which is chaired by the Dean of Student Affairs, and all recommendations are subject to the approval of the Council of Deans and Directors.

The various awards and their descriptions are as follows:

MOTHER BIRGITTA AWARD is given to the graduate who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in curricular and extra-curricular activities while upholding high standards of conduct through her college years. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 3.5 and must have been a student of SSC all throughout her college years.

MOTHER BIRGITTA CERTIFICATE OF MERIT is given to the graduate who has demonstrated committed service in curricular and extra-curricular activities while upholding high standards of conduct through her college years. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 3.0 and must have been a student of SSC all throughout her college years.

MOTHER CLODESINDIS AWARD is given to the graduate who has distinguished herself in the field of Lay Apostolate as Head Catechist or has exhibited the highest level of service-orientation and concern for the marginalized, manifesting a spirit of true dedication and passion for service. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 3.0.

MOTHER CLODESINDIS CERTIFICATE OF MERIT is given to the graduate who has distinguished herself in the field of Lay Apostolate or has exhibited the highest level of service-orientation and concern for the marginalized, manifesting a spirit of true dedication and passion for service. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 2.7.

SISTER FRIDESWIDA AWARD is given to the graduate who has demonstrated outstanding ability and excellent performance in performing arts and/or visual arts. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 3.0.

SISTER FRIDESWIDA CERTIFICATE OF MERIT is given to the graduate who has shown committed service and involvement in the performing arts and/or visual arts. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 2.7.

POPE JOHN XXIII AWARD is given to the graduate who has shown outstanding leadership and active participation in social action. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 3.0 for the Award.

POPE JOHN XXIII CERTIFICATE OF MERIT is given to the graduate who has shown committed service and involvement in social action. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 2.7.

GABRIELA SILANG AWARD is given to the graduate who has shown outstanding leadership, commitment, and involvement in advocacy work concerning women’s issues. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 3.0.

GABRIELA SILANG CERTIFICATE OF MERIT is given to the graduate who has shown committed service and involvement in advocacy work concerning women’s issues. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 2.5.

SISTER BAPTISTA BATTIG AWARD is given to the graduate who has shown outstanding ability and achievement in Music. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 3.0.

SISTER BAPTISTA BATTIG CERTIFICATE OF MERIT is given to the graduate who has shown committed service and involvement in Music. Awardee must have minimum CQPA of 2.7.

SPORTS AWARD is given to the graduate who has shown outstanding ability and achievement in the field of sports. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 3.0

SPORTS CERTIFICATE OF MERIT is given to the graduate who has shown committed service and involvement in the field of sports. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 2.5.

JOURNALISM AWARD is given to the graduate who has shown excellence and dedicated leadership in the field of journalism to foster an alert and responsible student involvement, and contribute in promoting the school’s thrust. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 3.0

JOURNALISM CERIFICATE OF MERIT is given to the graduate who has shown dedicated service and involvement in the field of journalism to foster an alert and responsible student involvement, and contributed in promoting the school’s thrust. Awardee must have a minimum CQPA of 2.7.

ST. HILDEGARD SPECIAL CITATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN is given to the graduate who has contributed to keeping alive the Benedictine tradition of love for Mother Earth through active leadership or involvement in environmental society.

ST. SCHOLASTICA’S LOYALTY MEDAL is given to graduates who have been in St. Scholastica’s College or other ABS schools from Grade One through College.

LOYALTY DIPLOMA is given to graduates who have been in St. Scholastica’s College or other ABS school for 10 years or more.

ST. BENEDICT’S AWARD is given to parents of the recipients of the Loyalty Medal.


Special Citations may be given to students who have won honors/awards outside SSC in national and/or international events and in so doing, have brought distinction to SSC.

Should there be no qualified graduating student, the school reserves the right not to award any of the above. 

A student who does not intend to enroll in a specific semester should submit to the Registrar and Grants Office an LOA that is duly approved by the Dean/Director. A maximum of two LOAs, which should not exceed one academic year, may be granted. A student who gets pregnant during the school year must file an LOA, then applies for re-admission after giving birth. A student who is officially on LOA is not allowed to enroll in any degree program in another school.

A student may petition not to enroll for a specific semester(s) by filing for a leave of absence approved by the School Dean / Director and Registrar subject to the following school policies:

1. A student who is officially on LOA is not allowed to enroll in any other degree program in any school of HRI.

2. A student may be granted a maximum of only two (2) LOAs and not exceeding one academic year.

3. Filing of LOA shall be done only during the prescribed period set by the Registrar’s Office generally at least two (2) weeks before registration period. 

4. Upon the return of the student from LOA, the student retains her academic standing and status as of the last semester she was enrolled.

5. Should there be any pending disciplinary action against the student at the time of filing of the LOA, such action is “reactivated” upon her return. 


A student who is intending to return is classified as a returnee. S/he is subject to the re-admission policies and procedures of the school. Re-admission in College becomes final upon the approval of the School Dean / Institute Director, and provided that the application form is received by the Registrar before the star of regular classes.

This is a voluntary petition by the student to withdraw enrollment from SSC unless a decision of the College/School that is based on legal and/or reasonable grounds for a student to discontinue studies and/or be denied re-admission to the College has been arrived at before the end of the term or semester.

If a student voluntarily withdraws enrollment, the following procedures and guidelines apply:

1. If a student is enrolled during the term, s/he files a withdrawal form signed by all the Professors, the Department Chair and approved by the Dean / Director.

2. A student may either file an official Leave of Absence or LOA with an intention to return some other time, or may file for transfer. If applying for leave of absence, the student secures LOA form following the procedure for filing LOA.

3. If a student files the withdrawal form in order to transfer to another school, clearance (following the same procedure as Clearance for Graduation) is required prior to the release of transfer credentials.

4. A certificate of eligibility to transfer is issued only once, unless a student can prove that it was lost through force majeure and had not been used for enrollment elsewhere.

5. If the applicant is a transferee from another school, her/his complete records from that previous school should have first been received by SSC before releasing transfer credentials.

Students of a four-year degree Program should complete all the requirements in not more than five years including summer, while those of a five-year degree Program are required a maximum of six years. Music majors are usually given more time to complete their program requirements which, in general, include a recital or its equivalent. 

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