More than 7,000 new Thomasians passed through the Arch of the Centuries in the traditional rite of passage that marks the beginning of a Thomasian’s student life called the Thomasian Welcome Walk.
Held on August 4, 2017, it is part of the University’s tradition of welcoming new students by passing through the Arch of the centuries the original doorway of the University back when it was still located in Intramuros – to symbolize the beginning of a Thomasian’s journey as new members of the UST community.
This year, the annual Thomasian Welcome Walk consisted of two batches: one for the Senior High School (SHS) freshman students held at 8 a.m., and
the other for the college freshmen held at 2 p.m.
UST Secretary General Rev. Fr. Jesús M. Miranda, Jr. O.P., was at the Arch of the Centuries to welcome both batches of freshmen and led them to the Quadricentennial Pavilion for the Eucharistic celebration. UST Vice Rector
Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., was the main presider in the morning concelebrated Mass that followed the Welcome Walk.
UST Rector, Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., the main presider in the
concelebrated Eucharistic celebration for the afternoon batch, led the community in welcoming the new Thomasians.
Capping the celebration was a band concert held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion that started at 6 p.m. The UST Freshman Orientation was likewise held in two batches on August 3, 2017 at the Quadricentennial Pavilion. The
Senior High School students were given the orientation to University life in terms of policies and expectations in the morning while the college students were given the same information during their orientation in the afternoon.
Speakers were heads of offices such as the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Public Affairs, among others.