The Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. (BGPOP) Building (File photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes)

THE NUMBER of graduates applying for alumni cards has doubled, the Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) said, amid stricter gate entry measures implemented for the Paskuhan celebrations.

According to OAR Director Fredeswindo Medina, the alumni office released 777 alumni IDs online from Nov. 11 to Dec. 3 alone, 48.4 percent higher than the 376 released by the OAR from Jan. 1 to Nov. 10 this year. The number excluded the alumni IDs issued on-site.

On Nov. 11, UST conducted an information session for Paskuhan 2022, where University officials announced that only Thomasians and alumni with proper identification records would be allowed entry during the celebrations.

Medina said the surge in applicants was a usual occurrence ahead of Paskuhan rites.

“Every year, even before the pandemic, there’s always an influx of alumni card applications during December due to the Paskuhan festivities,” Medina told the Varsitarian.

UST alumni must tap their alumni cards or scan their QR codes (generated from the alumni web portal) to be granted access to the grand Paskuhan concert on Dec. 19. 

Old student IDs will not be accepted on Paskuhan day.

“Ang magiging challenge sa alumni, ‘pag hindi sila nakakuha ng alumni ID, hindi namin sila papayagan pumasok,” Lords Hernandez, the UST campus security supervisor, told the Varsitarian on Dec. 2.

“[Noong Agape], may mga alumni na gustong pumasok, pero dahil nga hindi nila ma-prove na alumni sila, wala silang ID, hindi sila nakapasok. So ang advice namin, next time, kung gusto nilang pumasok sa Paskuhan, open naman lagi ang alumni building, two weeks pa naman,” he added.

UST graduates may apply for the cards online or on-site from Nov. 15 until Dec. 7, 2022.

On-site applicants will receive their alumni cards on the same day, while online applicants will have to wait seven to 14 business days after they settle their payments and receive a verification email before they can receive theirs.

Those who have lost their alumni cards may also apply for a replacement card.


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