Photo by Alvin Joseph Kasiban

11 July 2014, 8:07 p.m. – FRESHMEN marched through the historic Arch of the Centuries today, marking the beginning of their academic lives in the Pontifical University.

This year’s Thomasian Welcome Walk for the 13,049 freshmen enrolled for the first term of Academic Year 2014-2015 was scheduled a week before the official start of classes, to avoid heavy rains.

The traditional rite of passage was divided into two batches to accommodate the large number of first-year students.

Sofiya Salim, an Accountancy freshman, said she officially became a Thomasian after the traditional walk.

“Nakakatuwa na ma-experience kasi parang ito nga po ‘yung binyag sa mga Tomasino,” she said in an interview.

In his homily during the Eucharistic Celebration for the welcome walk, Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. stressed the importance of spiritual formation in the lives of students.

“For you to become competent individuals, you should not only be armed with theoretical and practical knowledge but also with the experience of the living God,” Dagohoy said. “Jesus should be part of your experience here in the University.”

A freshmen welcome party will be held at the Plaza Mayor on Monday, July 14, the official start of classes. A. F. Merez

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