Held on June 14 at the UST Tan Yan Kee Student Centre, this year’s luncheon started with a Eucharistic celebration, a fitting way for the fresh grads to give gratitude to the Lord. Welcoming everyone was Assoc. Prof. Arlene Calara, PhD (Office for Student Affairs Director), who expressed her deep gratitude to the benefactors whose “generosity opened doors to the scholars.” She then introduced Thomasian alumna Atty. Arlene Maneja, who shared a great deal of her experiences which helped her learn personal truths, one of which being “The only way to deal with the pressure of success expectation is to discover and be comfortable with your own unique definition of what it means to be successful.” Her speech was definitely eye-opening for the graduates who are about to enter the real world.
One of the benefactors, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), in partnership with the Philippine S&T Development Foundation – Manila, Inc. (PhilDev), has been supporting scholars taking up Science and Engineering courses from UST and other schools since 2013. Raniella Coronado, a product of the Shell-PhilDev Scholarship programme, was given the opportunity to deliver a gratitude speech on behalf of the 49 UST externally funded scholar graduates this year.