UST SecGen to Batch 2024: Open your heart to surprises amid adversities

Artlets graduates participate in the Baccalaureate Mass 2024 at the UST grandstand and open field on Friday, May 31. Photo by Ethan Christensen Cardaño/ THE FLAME

GRADUATING THOMASIANS must be “open to surprises” and embrace the challenges after they leave the confines of the University, Secretary General Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. said.

In a message delivered through the speakers at the St. Raymund de Peñafort building on Friday, May 31, Coronel said students must face adversities to unfold their true Thomasian spirit.

“Let the challenges you face be the catalyst for your personal and professional growth,” Coronel said.

“Open your heart for surprises. The weather is uncertain but be prepared for what is served, which is the surprise that you will receive–the downpour of love.” 

Likening hardships to the rain, the UST official said every “raindrop” or challenge can be an opportunity for growth. 

“Remember that every raindrop that falls can be (a) potential for growth. And when the rain pours down upon you, find solace in the knowledge that you are not alone,” he said. 

Coronel also encouraged the Thomasian graduating students to be brave in facing difficulties because they already possess the strength and wisdom they need to overcome such challenges. 

“Of all the things you have gone through in your life, the storm then is now just a mist,” he said.  

The secretary general ended his message by reminding graduating Thomasians to draw strength from their batchmates, friends, family and mentors to get them through adversities. 

“Remember that the love and encouragement that surrounds you can shield you from the harshness of storms,” he added.

UST is sending off about 7,795 graduating students, 900 of them from the Faculty of Arts and Letters. 

The solemn investiture rites of the graduating students will start on June 1. The Faculty of Arts and Letters will hold its graduation ceremony on June 10. – with reports from Carlo Jose Ruga

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