Campus Life

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March 14, 2017 UST produces 193 new pharmacists, Pavon clinches top spot
March 1, 2017 Occupational therapy, speech-language pathology interns join Seton Hall University Global Internship Experience Program
February 18, 2017 Electrical Engineering students win championship in nat’l quiz show
February 13, 2017 Mandaluyong City recognizes Rehab Sciences for service through internship
February 11, 2017 Senior BSEd English students present papers on language education in ICALLE
February 8, 2017 UST is 2nd top performing school in Feb. 2017 occupational therapy boards, grads in top 10
February 3, 2017 BSc Chem. Eng’g. students present papers, win award in Thai confab
February 3, 2017 UST is only top performing school in January 2017 Architecture boards; 3 in top 10
January 20, 2017 Senior BS Electronics Engg students win championship in nat’l computer research symposium
January 16, 2017 UST welcomes largest first batch of EU-SHARE fellows for student exchange
January 15, 2017 Vouching Tigers of Accountancy win championship in audit case tournament
January 11, 2017 Pailma of Lady Fencers bags gold medal in Brunei Open Fencing Championship
January 11, 2017 3 industrial eng’g grads make it to top 20 of certified IE exams, UST logs 93.42% passing rate
December 14, 2016 UST is top performing school in 2016 Nursing Licensure Exams; 18 in top 10
December 9, 2016 UST donates more than half a million worth of goods and cash to victims of Typhoon Lawin in Cagayan
November 17, 2016 UST is 4th top performing school, produces most new civil engineers in November 2016 boards
November 14, 2016 Espiritu, Patron, BLIS seniors, hailed as 25th LIS Wizard Champions in UP tilt
October 22, 2016 Senior High group wins 2nd place in choral recitation contest, awarded for most creative costume
October 20, 2016 UST is 2nd top performing school in Oct. 2016 CPA boards; 5 in top 10
October 7, 2016 UST produces 115 new mechanical engineers; lands as 3rd top performing school in Oct. 2016 boards
October 7, 2016 UST produces 30 new chemists; Gervacio, Yee in Top 10
September 26, 2016 Medicine kicks off countdown to 150th anniversary
September 23, 2016 Odegard of Notre Dame, USAID-STRIDE lectures on semiconductor industry

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UST’s Campus Life

The University pulsates with youthful life. UST students number anywhere between 42,000 to 44,000 students, where some 12,000 are freshmen. Seen on campus are different manifestations of academic life from students whose backs are stooped while making sketches of University landmarks for their course requirements, to those whose eyes are glued on the pages of their books and e-books, reading intently for class, and the students who tirelessly rehearse dance steps for their physical edyucation practical exams. Others are either on their way to or from class, walking with friends or just by themselves, traversing the two-way streets named after the University’s illustrious alumni.

Not everything on campus, however, is solely about the Thomasians’ academic development because the University’s goal is to provide them with holistic formation. Students are also immersed in community development activities that take place in campus, such as the annual Pistang Tomas Community Trade Fair usually held at the Quadricentennial Square in December. Food and other indigenous products of the partner communities and organizations are put on sale. This is not only a venue for students to help the partner communities, and interact with their members, but also this becomes an avenue for inculcating the values of social responsibility. Eventually, these students will take conscious efforts to transform society.

ust-letters“There is more fun in UST!” Fun activities also take place in España. Freshmen curiously visit the student organization booths lined up at the Plaza Mayor, and look into groups that will match their interest, skills and needs through ‘Recruitment 101’ that takes place every first month of the academic year. Before the academic year ends, graduating students flock to the Benavides Plaza to take part in the annual Job Fair where more than a hundred companies join. Graduating students eagerly check out company booths for schedules of company orientation and go over glossy company flyers, brochures being distributed, excited over potential employers.

Aside from fun activities are religious and historical events. In August, freshmen take the traditional “Freshmen Welcome Walk” by passing through the Arch of the Centuries as a symbol of ‘becoming Thomasians’ because the same Arch was the doorway of the University when it was still in Intramuros. This is called the “Rite of Passage.”
This culminates in the traditional concelebrated Mass where the Rector himself presides and takes the opportunity to personally welcome the new set of UST students.

welcome-walkIn December, the UST Grandstand and the Open Field become the site of ‘Paskuhan’. It starts with the Panunuluyan–the search of Joseph and Mary for the inn where Jesus was to be born. This is followed by the concelebrated Christmas Mass which usually coincides with the beginning of the Misa de Gallo. A program featuring mainstream live bands ensue, and the celebration ends with the much-anticipated fireworks display.

In May, graduating students gather at the Grandstand for the Baccalaureate Mass. After the Eucharistic celebration are post-Mass activities that include the blessing and imposition of the Thomasian Mission Cross, the recitation of the Thomasian Pledge of Loyalty, and the Ceremony of the Light. This is followed by the fireworks display and the send-off rites where the Rector and the Secretary General lead the candidates for graduation in passing through the Arch of the Centuries. This time, the students symbolically “leave the University” by walking through the Arch facing España Blvd. This is a symbolic act of their “readiness to face the challenges of professional life and fulfill the mission of serving the Church, the nation and the family as future Thomasian professionals.”

The landscaped open spaces known as Benavides Garden which starts from the Benavides Monument and ends at the Arch of the Centuries, the Plaza Mayor fronting the Main Building, the Quadricentennial Square found between the Main Building and the Benavides Library – all are teeming with students exhibiting mixed emotions of happiness and anxiety, but are generally excited about prospects of a new day in class or off-campus, confident that today’s inputs reached after hours of group practice or study will merit a positive outcome.