NSTP Culminates SY 2012-2013 with Graduation and Commissioning Rites

Entering its second decade of program implementation, the National Service Training Program-Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) of Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) held its Graduation/Commissioning Rites on Saturday, 9th March 2013 at the Philippine Women’s College Auditorium in Davao City.  The ceremony was a fitting culmination of NSTP-CWTS’ academic year 2012-2013, graced by around 1,689 students, forty-six (46) faculty/formators, forty-eight (48) student volunteers and over 180 representatives of NSTP’s partner communities/institutions in Davao City.

Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, SJ, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) presided the Eucharistic Celebration which preceded the graduation ceremony. The mass also served as the commissioning rite, part of the thanksgiving celebration for the end of the academic year as well as a special ritual to bless and empower students to continue living out the core values of what they have learned in the course of the whole program.

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Community Reflection Prepares the Ateneo Community for 2013 Elections

To prepare the different sectors of the Ateneo de Davao community for a more informed decision regarding the national and local elections in May of 2013, the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (Arrupe) in partnership with the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO), and in collaboration with the Office of the Academic Vice President (AVP), conducted a community reflection session on 19th January at F-711 and F-712. The one-day session gathered together university stakeholders representing different sectors of the academic community, providing them a common venue for expressing their individual and collective understanding of the sociopolitical, economic, cultural and environmental realities of the day. In the overall scheme, the whole-day exercise was intended to provide a platform for articulating the participants’ reflections on engaged citizenship especially in the context of exercising their right of suffrage. The AVP Fr. Gabriel Jose (“Gaby”) Gonzalez, SJ, Ms. Lilibeth Leh-Arcena and Mr. Ian Clark Parcon of the Arrupe, and Mr. Elvi Tamayo of ISFO, took turns in facilitating the whole-day activity.

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