A Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated for Batch 2022 last June 18 at the amphitheater. University President, Rev. Fr. Don H. Besana, OAR led the Thanksgiving Mass with Fr. Jose Alden Alipin, OAR; Fr. Amadeo Lucero, OAR; Fr. Cristituto Palomar, OAR; Fr. Persiuz Decena, OAR; Fr. Romeo Ben Potencio, OAR; and Fr. Emilio Jaruda, Jr., OAR. The Father President in his homily focused on the significance of the feast of Corpus Christi.
The awarding ceremony of outstanding graduates followed after the Mass. Awarded were Charles Gabriel V. Gelotin (Leadership Award); Joseph Felix Biantan (Outstanding Psychology Student of Neg. Occ.); Mark Jenesis de la Cruz and Khayyam Gabales (PICPA Award); John Stephen Degillo, Ervin Jeremiah J. Mesa, and Bryant Kyle A. Sagun (PSITE Award); Alexandra D. Caldit (CCJE Academic Excellence Award); Erick John P. Federico, Ruhamah A. Ravello, Ina Marie S. Muesco, Ermie Jo B. Montebano; and Jessa Mae Martir (CCJE Leadership Achievement Awards); Hanz Darwin A. Buenconsejo (PSME Leadership Award); and Chris Danielle A. Wamninal (PIA IWAG Award).
Meanwhile, the following graduates were awarded the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Service award for their active involvement in the Campus ministry as members of the Student Catholic Action of the Philippines (SCAP), Children of Mary (COM), and Recollect Augustinian Youth de Bacolod. The awardees were Veronica Therese F. Avenido, Toni Marie A. Ballares, Beah Marie Ganarias, Nicole J. Jalandoni, Joshua Vann M. Candelario, Lee Ann R. Galila, Jether James C. Ilad, Meonil Gere B. Margen, George Wilfred L. Solancho, Adonis N. Toreno, Kaye Louise R. Vailoces, Jaymark B. Villagracia, Villemar N, Cabalonga, Andrei John P. Ea, and Izaiah N. Montano.
Imposition of the Hoods followed after the awarding ceremony. Each college was led by its representative in the hooding ceremony. The representatives were Jenesis de la Cruz (CABACS), Denrose V. Titong (CAMHS), Stevenson C. Toresis (CAS), Alexandra D. Caldit (CCJE), Andrea Nicole V. Sumugat (COEd), and Krischan S. Gelasan (COEng).
Magna cum laude and Loyalty awardee Windsor Linus R. Sumbillo delivered the words of thanks. In his message, he focused on the theme. “We Walk Together” by having parallelism with the verb tenses. He shared that the past tense makes us remember how much we have improved ourselves and become resilient in getting to the bitter-sweet present. While the future tense expresses an action that has not yet happened. And is something we could look forward to. The future tense of we walk together is we will walk together. He challenged his batch to walk together to fulfill their duties as proud UNOrians, humble children, and submissive instruments of the lord. They will walk together as members of the pioneer batch of K-12 curriculum who are globally competent and multi-literate individuals. He concluded that the past, present, and future tenses of our lives at UNO-R are something that they are very thankful to the Order of Augustinian Recollects. He tanked his mentors, classmates, parents, and relatives. Above all, he thanked the Almighty Father, on behalf of his batchmates.