UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. delivers his first baccalaureate message in front of graduates of Batch 2013 during the homily of the Eucharistic celebration. Photo by John Paul R. Autor

19 March 2013, 11:38 p.m. –  IT WAS trust that brought the Thomasian graduates of Batch 2013 a step closer to their dreams.

During the Baccalaureate Mass Tuesday evening, Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. congratulated the graduating batch and thanked them for putting their trust in UST.

“I would like you to realize that in your life as a student, you have achieved your dreams because you trusted many people,” Dagohoy said in his first baccalaureate message as rector of the University.

“Sometimes, we think that all we need is to have confidence in God. You [entrusted] your future to UST because you believed that this beautiful university was the best institution that could you help become a competent professional,” Dagohoy told more than 8,000 graduates at the Open Field.

He also urged graduates to be grateful to people who believed in their abilities.

“These lessons are more valuable than the medals, the honors, the certificates that you would be receiving. Inspired by the experiences, let this be the hallmark of a Thomasian,” Dagohoy added.

“Just like St. Joseph, we have to believe in you because we love you but we can’t keep you any longer,” he said. “You have to leave the University of Santo Tomas so that you may dream new dreams.”

The graduates were given crosses as symbols of their mission in life outside UST.
The Mass was capped by a five-minute pyromusical display, followed by the “ceremony of light” and the traditional recessional parade to the Arch of the Centuries. Bernadette D. Nicolas and Nikka Lavinia G. Valenzuela


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