UST will not follow the government’s revert to the old school calendar, setting Aug. 9 as the start of classes for Academic Year 2024-2025.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has approved a gradual return to the old academic calendar in the Philippines, with basic education classes beginning on July 29. This decision came after extreme heat led to the suspension of in-person classes from April to May.

According to the collegiate calendar released by UST’s Office of the Secretary General, the traditional Misa and Discurso de Apertura, or the inaugural Mass and lecture that kickstarts every academic year in UST, will be held on Aug. 2. 

Freshmen will participate in several orientation activities: local sessions for each academic unit will take place from Aug. 1 to 3, while two versions of the traditional “ROARientation” will be conducted on Aug. 5 (virtual) and Aug. 6 (in person).

After the school holiday on Aug. 8, which marks the feast of St. Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Dominican Order, regular classes for Term 1 will begin on Aug. 9.

The University will observe a week-long Undas break from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3.

Paskuhan festivities are scheduled for Dec. 20.

Registration for Term 2 will commence on Jan. 10, 2025, with regular classes resuming on Jan. 13.

UST will have a week-long Easter break from April 14 to 21.

The graduation season will begin with the Student Awards Day on May 23.

The Baccalaureate Mass for Batch 2025 is set for May 30, followed by the start of the month-long Solemn Investiture Rites on June 2.

Registration for the 2025 special term will take place from June 6 to June 9, with special-term classes starting on June 10.

UST will continue using the hybrid mode as its primary setup for Academic Year 2024-2025.


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