JR Gallarza hopes to graduate from UP a magna cum laude after stint with Maroons
J Gallarza hopes to finish his BEEd Teaching in Early Grades course with magna cum laude honors from State U. Jerome Ascano

WHAT he failed to do inside the court, JR Gallarza hopes to accomplish inside the classroom.

The University of the Philippines stalwart admitted being a candidate for magna cum laude, which he hopes he’ll be able to attain once he graduates this December.

Everything of course, will depend on how his grades will be in the final few weeks of the semester.

“I’m in the running for magna cum laude but it still depends on how the semester goes. We’ll see if I’ll still reach the magna cutoff, I’m not yet sure,” said Gallarza, who played his final game for the Fighting Maroons on Wednesday when they ended Season 78 of the UAAP with a loss against University of the East and failed to advance again to the Final Four..

Nevertheless, the UP forward still expects to end up with honor at the State University once he finishes his BEEd Teaching in Early Grades course.

“For sure, I’ll get cum laude. I’ll be really upset if I don’t,” said Gallarza in jest. “But I’m in the running right now.”

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Gallarza wrapped up his playing career in his final year with the Maroons as he’s set to return home to Canada and work and at the same time,  take care of his three-year-old son.

“Something along the education field,” said Gallarza, when asked what kind of work he wants to pursue.

As he finished his career at UP, Gallarza said he is grateful for the opportunity given by the team through the years as he hopes he did a great service to the Maroons during his stint.

“It’s been up and down. I was never a highly-recruited player. I was never looked at as someone who would save UP. I don’t want that. I feel like I came here to take what I’m asked to do.


Last year, my role was to shoot. This year, my role was to lead the team on and off the court. I hope I did my job,” said Gallarza.

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