UST RECTOR Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. called on graduating students of batch 2023 to be productive and to embody Thomasian values as they pursue their professions.
“You are designed to function in a unique and distinctive way, so fulfill your destiny, be creative, be prolific in your chosen profession, and try to make a dent in the universe,” Ang said on Tuesday, May 30, during the 2023 Baccalaureate Mass.
He urged Thomasians to “maximize” their skills and talents and invest in their character to be successful.
“Character empowers people, I want you to grow and to be productive and invest in your character. If you do that it will give you a large yield in the future,” the rector said.
This year’s Baccalaureate Mass sent off 9,473 seniors of them from the Faculty of Arts and Letters. They participated in the ceremonial lighting of candles and exited the iconic Arch of the Centuries.
Ang cited the irony of school life, noting that students are gathered only to be scattered like seeds later on.
“We have gathered you to scatter you like seeds …Everyone of you has a great potential for an incredible harvest,” Ang added.
Ang said Thomasians always stood out in the local or international workforce and are known for their ability to perform whatever task is assigned to then. He reminded graduating Thomasians to make careful decisions on whether to build their own businesses, pursue higher education or take a break.
“Before you go your separate ways and while you enjoy your last day wearing your uniform, find your roots and stay connected with them. You need a secure foundation to thrive under all conditions whether sunny or rainy,” Ang said. F – Ymanuel Roxas and Bianca Abrencillo