UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. delivers his baccalaureate message for graduating Thomasians of Batch 2014 during the homily of the Eucharistic celebration. Photo by John Paul R. Autor

21 March 2014, 11:40 p.m. – SELFLESSNESS will lead the 8,236 graduating Thomasians of Batch 2014 to their “happy endings,” said Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. in his homily during the Baccalaureate Mass Friday.

The Rector urged graduating students to share their lives with other people if they want achieve a meaningful existence.

“When you put an end to this culture that prioritizes the self over genuine service, self-interest over common good, you will become an agent of hope,” said Dagohoy. “Your life will become a journey to be shared and not just a load that you merely carry and endure.”

Dagohoy said the University would always be behind the graduating students in pursuit of their dreams.

“You are now empowered to make your dream a reality and having a good Thomasian education, we believe that you can face the challenges of today’s world,” he said. “We share with you the same joy, hope and excitement for a better future.”

The Rector also thanked the parents of the graduating batch for entrusting the education of their sons and daughters to the University.

The Eucharist was followed by the traditional “ceremony of light,” a pyromusical display, and the traditional recessional parade through the Arch of the Centuries.

The graduating students received Dominican crosses to remind them of Thomasian values and ideals in carrying out their Christian mission outside the portals of UST.

These are the number of graduates per faculty and college this year: Accountancy, 420; Architecture, 365; Arts and Letters, 950; Civil Law, 96; Commerce, 880; Ecclesiastical Faculties, 50; Education, 465; Engineering, 1,250; Fine Arts and Design, 460; Graduate School, 259; Medicine and Surgery, 456; Music, 44; Nursing, 451; Pharmacy, 682; Rehabilitation Sciences, 230; Science, 626; and Tourism and Hospitality Management, 502. Lord Bien G. Lelay


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