UST welcomes 16,827 freshmen in annual Welcome Walk

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A new breed of Thomasians marches through the Arch of Centuries as an annual welcome tradition for freshmen. Photo by Enrico Miguel S. Silverio/The Varsitarian

THE UNIVERSITY welcomed 16,827 first-year students for Academic Year 2018-2019 with the annual Thomasian Welcome Walk or the passing through the historic Arch of the Centuries.

As of Aug. 6, there were 12,866 first-year college students, 3,433 incoming Grade 11 senior high school students, 438 freshmen from the junior high school and 90 freshmen from the Education High School, records from the Office of the Registrar showed.

The newest batch of college freshmen were the pioneer graduates of senior high school. The Faculty of Pharmacy admitted 1,627 freshmen, recording the most number of first-year students this academic year.

The UST-AMV College of Accountancy and the Graduate School ranked second and third in terms of the number of freshmen, with 1,331 and 1,305 students, respectively.

The traditional rite of passage was divided into two batches to accommodate all incoming Thomasians.

Freshmen from the College of Science, Faculty of Engineering, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Education, Institute of Physical Education and Athletics, College of Tourism Hospitality Management, College of Commerce and Business Administration and Accountancy celebrated the welcome rite in the morning.

The second batch was composed of the first-year students from the Ecclesiastical Faculties, College of Nursing, Faculty of Civil Law, Faculty of Arts and Letters, College of Fine Arts and Design, College of Architecture, Conservatory of Music, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Pharmacy and Institute of Information and Computing Science.

The Arch of the Centuries once served as the entrance of the old building of the Pontifical University in Intramuros, Manila before it was destroyed by World War II.

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It was in 2002 when the tradition of the Thomasian Welcome Walk was first launched as the welcoming rites for freshmen.

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