IT WAS trust that brought the more than 8,000 Thomasian graduates of Batch 2013 a step closer to their dreams.

Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. congratulated the graduating batch and thanked them for putting their trust in UST during the Baccalaureate Mass last March 19.

“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 help you become a competent professional,” Dagohoy told the 8,000 graduates at the Open Field.

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

“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, 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.

The following are the number of graduates per faculty and college this year: Accountancy, Architecture (343), Arts and Letters (898), Civil Law (77), Commerce (739), Ecclesiastical Faculties, Education (490), Engineering (1,430), Fine Arts and Design (639), Graduate School (276), Medicine and Surgery (543), Music (35), Nursing (425), Pharmacy (817), Rehabilitation Sciences (155), Science (638) and Tourism and Hospitality Management (553).

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