AFTER 27 years, another Thomasian has topped the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) board Exams.

Magna cum laude graduate Jhoanna Go registered a 93.86 per cent to lead the new batch of CPAs, who took the exams last May 8, 9, 15, and 16. Go graduated in 2003.

“Finally my dream had become a reality, I was so happy I cried,” Go said. “Also, I was very relieved because the ordeal was over.”

Go, the third Thomasian CPA topnotcher, added that proper academic foundation built by the University and the College of Accountancy (Accountancy) contributed to her success on the exams.

“UST and the College of Accountancy gave me the encouragement and motivation I need to strive harder,” she said. “I was very lucky to have excellent professors who are not only brilliant mentors but also great motivators.”

Linda Uy, who took the CPA exams in November 1978, was the last Thomasian to top the CPA board. Mercedes Diokno, in 1944, was the first Thomasian CPA topnotcher.

Aside from having the topnotcher, the University shone in the 51 to 99 examinees category as 40 out of 67 Thomasian examinees passed (59.70 per cent passing rate) to top the group. The national passing rate was 23.78 per cent (1,242 out of 5,222 examinees nationwide passed).

Accountancy Dean Jose Ireneo said a “competitive environment” in the College has trained students to perform well in the exams.

“It is actually the enthusiasm of every faculty member to (hone) their craft that contributed a lot to the enthusiasm of our students to do well in the exam,” he said.

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