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8,801 Thomasian graduates celebrate baccalaureate mass despite heat, rain

After residing in the University for seven years, Angelo Arucan is now part of the 994 Thomasian graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Letters this coming June 6.

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After residing in the University for seven years, Angelo Arucan is now part of the 994 Thomasian graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Letters this coming June 6.

“Kung titimbangin, lahat ng pagod ko at saya ko, walang sinabi ‘yung pagod ko[…] kaso nalulungkot ako dahil baka ‘di ko na ulit makita college friends ko, ‘yung mga tinuring kong kapamilya,” Arucan expressed.

For Kariza Naguit, who has been in the University for eight yearsfours years in the College of Nursing and another four in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgerywhile balancing both her academics and student council duties, she couldn’t be happier.

“It (graduating) makes me proud kasi both colleges (College of Nursing and Faculty of Medicine and Surgery) are both Centers of Excellency (sic) so hindi lang siya ordinary thing na naka-graduate ako,” Naguit, who was also one of the flag bearers during the ceremony, told TomasinoWeb.

Arucan and Naguit, two of the 8,801 Thomasian graduates, shared the sentiment on Friday that leaving the University truly is a bittersweet victory.

Despite considering their batch as “unlucky” after having their Welcome Walk postponed numerous times, celebrating Paskuhan twice inside the Seminary gym due to heavy rains and splitting their baccalaureate mass into two batches, outgoing Central Student Council President Anna Mangalili said that their batch “ay inulanan ng blessings.”

Mangalili reminisced in her speech the struggles of the batch: sleepless nights, resorting to wearing hoodies after running out of uniforms to wear and “the liters of tears” shed from breakdowns due to stress.

“I ask myself: ‘where is the ‘good’ in ‘goodbye’? Only then did I realize the ‘good’ in ‘goodbye’ is in the lessons that we’ve learned, the experiences that we gained whether good or bad, the memories we created and shared which makes it hard for us to say goodbye,” she said.

“The ‘good’ in ‘goodbye’ is that: as Thomasians, we know that this is just temporary. Our goodbyes are just our way of saying: ‘I will see you again.” Mangalili added.

Earlier, acting Rector Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang O.P  celebrated the baccalaureate mass  making this his first homily delivered as acting Rector of the University.

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible then they seem improbable but when we summon the will they soon become inevitable,” said Ang.

“Life is a series of beginnings and endings. That is why your graduation is not only a termination, it is also a commencement,” he added.

A musical fireworks display ended the celebration with a bang shortly followed by the grand exit of the students through the Arch of the Centuries.

Here are the number of graduates, arranged by year of establishment:

Faculty of Sacred Theology (1611) 53
Faculty of Philosophy (1611) 7
Faculty of Canon Law (1733) 12
Faculty of Civil Law (1734) 101
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (1871) 520
Faculty of Pharmacy (1871) 682
Faculty of Arts and Letters (1896) 994
Faculty of Engineering (1907) 841
College of Education (1926) 482
College of Science (1926) 643
College of Architecture (1930) 393
College of Commerce and Business Administration (1933) 916
Graduate School (1938) 270
Conservatory of Music (1945) 70
College of Nursing (1946) 346
College of Rehabilitation Sciences (1974) 242
College of Fine Arts and Design (2000) 564
AMV College of Accountancy (2005) 753
College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (2009) 456
Institute of Information and Computing Sciences (2014) 481

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UST bags 5th School of the Year honor in 2018 Student Quill Awards

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For the fifth consecutive year, the University was named School of the Year in the Sixth Philippine Student Quill Awards on Monday, July 9.

UST bagged 36 awards, beating De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, UST Angelicum College, Inc., De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, Bataan Peninsula State University and Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila.

Winning entries from the University came from The Varsitarian, UST’s official student paper; TomasinoWeb, the official digital media organization of the University; Tomasian Media Circle and Talents; The Flame, the official publication of UST Faculty of Arts and Letters; and communication arts and journalism students.

School of the Year award is the highest distinction in the Student Quill Awards. It is given to the school with the most Awards of Excellence.

Meanwhile, TomasinoWeb took home its first Student Quill awards, with three Awards of Merit.

TomasinoWeb’s entries titled “Right Click 2017: TomasinoWeb’s Special Coverage of the UST Student Council Elections” and “UAAP Season 80 Campaign” won under the communication skills category; while  “Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya National Advocacy Campaign” won in the communication management.

The Philippine Student Quill Awards is the junior division of the Philippine Quill Awards, which recognizes private organizations and corporations in the country for excellence in business communication.

Awarding ceremonies were held at the Mariott Hotel Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.

The event was organized by the Philippine chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, a network of business communicators around the world advocating for professional growth, learning and communication excellence.

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ERRATUM: We have been informed that the previous photo used in the article was actually taken by The Varsitarian. It was not our intention to erroneously credit the owner of the photo. The image has since been replaced.

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UST tops June 2018 architecture boards

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The University was named as the lone top performing school in the June 2018 licensure examination for architects, with three Thomasians landing in the top 10.

UST recorded an 84.19-percent passing rate, in which 197 out of 234 Thomasian examinees passed the exam.

This was higher than last year’s 83.26 percent, wherein 184 out of 221 examinees made the cut.

Karl Justin Sayseng Diocales led the new batch of Thomasian architects after placing fourth with a score of 82.90 percent.

Thomasian Jomari Patrick Meñoza Guzman placed seventh with a score of 82.60 percent, while Marie Dominic del Rosario Castillo landed in the ninth spot after scoring 82.20 percent.

Moreover, Paolo Gabriel Torres Martires of Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Sta. Mesa led the new batch of architects with a score of 84.10 percent.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 1, 778 out of 3,177 passed the board exam nationwide.

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Applied Physics gets Level I PACUCOA accreditation

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Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) granted the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics major in Instrumentation the Level I accreditation status.

Applied Physics is the newest program among the six straight degree programs of the College of Science.

The accreditation, which was received last May, is valid for three years, up until May 2021.

According to PACUCOA’s website, Level I accreditation status allows the program to have “full administrative deregulation and financial deregulation in terms of setting of tuition and other fees and charges.” It also gives the power to change the curriculum without the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)’s approval.

The program is also made priority during awarding of grants and financial assistance from CHED and from the Department of Education (DepEd).

Pacucoa is a private accrediting agency set to give formal recognition to an educational institution through a series of phases which tests if the academic program of the institution maintains excellent standards.

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