THE UNIVERSITY will hold a modified version of the traditional Welcome Walk for sophomores and juniors on Aug. 23.

Called the “Homecoming Walk,” the event was organized for second- and third-year students of the higher education cluster and learners in Grades 8, 9, and 12 who entered UST without experiencing the Welcome Walk.

The event will be held weeks after the University held the first on-site Welcome Walk for freshmen on Aug. 9 and months after it reopened its gates to graduates from Batches 2020, 2021, and 2022 in June.

UST Secretary General Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. said in a circular that the Homecoming Walk would be held in three batches.

The first batch will include students from the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Engineering, Conservatory of Music, College of Fine Arts and Design, and College of Architecture. Assembly will start at 6:30 a.m.

The Faculty of Arts and Letters, College of Tourism and Hospitality Management, College of Information and Computing Sciences, Institute of Physical Education and Athletics, College of Science, College of Nursing, and College of Education will comprise the second batch, which will commence at 12 noon.

The last batch will start at 4 p.m. and include the Graduate School, Faculty of Civil Law, Graduate School of Law, College of Commerce and Business Administration, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy, and the Ecclesiastical Faculties.

Grades 8, 9, and 12 students of the UST Junior High School and Senior High School will have their Homecoming Walk on Aug. 24 at 6:15 a.m. It will be followed by the Welcome Mass and Alab 2022.

Minimum public health protocols will be enforced throughout the “homecoming” events, such as wearing well-fitting face masks, one-meter physical distancing, and frequent hand sanitizing.

The Welcome Walk, which symbolizes the start of freshmen’s academic journey in UST, was limited to virtual editions via the virtual Minecraft platform in 2020 and 2021 due to pandemic restrictions.


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