May 16, 2015, 1:44 p.m. – LEARN how to love and give

This was the message of UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy,
O.P. to the 8,048 graduating Thomasians during the 2015 Baccalaureate Mass held
at the open field Friday night.

“Learn how to love… You come to the University not just to
accumulate information without knowing what to do with it, but through the
love, let that information bear fruit,” said Dagohoy, who quoted Pope Francis’
speech during his encounter with the Filipino youth last Jan. 18 in the

Dagohoy said the happiest alumni were those who were “not
only blessed with material success, but have become blessings to others.”

“Pumasok tayo sa Pamantasan upang magkaroon ng maganda at
bagong buhay. Inihanda kayo ng Pamantasan sa hamon ng buhay. Dapat din matuto
kayong magbigay ng buhay,” he said.

Dagohoy compared graduation with the moment of giving birth,
which evokes both pain and joy.

“Leaving always conjures the feeling of sadness but it also
evokes a feeling of excitement and sheer joy because of the new possibilities
and a new-found life,” he said. “Today, UST is giving birth to thousands of
enlightened men and women. After few years of being under UST’s protective
womb, today we open that, so that you can begin a new life.”

Thomasian graduates were given Dominican crosses as symbols
of their mission in life outside the University. The Mass was capped by the
“ceremony of light,” followed by a pyromusical display, and the traditional
recessional parade to the Arch of the Centuries.

Life Time

The following are the number of graduates per faculty and
college this year: Accountancy (577), Architecture (369), Arts and Letters
(1,019), Civil Law (49), Commerce (981), Ecclesiastical Faculties (75),
Education (432), Engineering (590), Fine Arts and Design (423), Graduate School
(300), Medicine and Surgery (499), Music (55), Nursing (455), Pharmacy (698),
Rehabilitation Sciences (241), Science (563) and Tourism and Hospitality
Management (443). Robert A. Vergara, Jr.


  1. May I ask how many graduates does Institute of Information and Computing Sciences have this year? It is not included on your article. Thank you. I hope to hear from you soon.


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