The Pangasinan State University School of Advanced Studies (PSU SAS) showcased its commitment to its mission during the Thanksgiving Mass, Hooding, and Recognition Ceremony held on August 26, 2023, at the Magic Mall Event Center in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan. With the theme “Society-Driven and Internationally Responsive PSUnians: Pillar to a More Resilient Community,” the event celebrated the accomplishments of its graduates and affirmed their dedication to becoming pillars of strength in an ever-evolving society.

The event’s guest speaker, PCOL Mely Rita A. Davis, District-Internal Affairs Services of Pasig City, Philippines, imparted insights that resonated deeply with the attendees. She shared insights from her experiences in the field of law enforcement, emphasizing the importance of resilience in the face of challenges. Her speech resonated deeply with the graduates, underscoring the need for adaptability, perseverance, and a strong sense of duty in contributing to the community’s betterment. PCOL Davis’s presence reinforced the event’s theme, demonstrating the real-world relevance of the values PSU SAS seeks to instill.

The chosen theme encapsulated the core values of PSU SAS and its commitment to producing graduates who contribute significantly to the betterment of society on both local and global scales. This reflects the imperative need for individuals who possess not only academic knowledge but also a deep understanding of societal challenges and the adaptability to respond effectively. In an increasingly interconnected world, the importance of cultivating community pillars that are resilient, socially aware, and internationally competent cannot be overstated.

The event commenced with a Thanksgiving Mass, symbolizing gratitude for the journey undertaken and the accomplishments achieved. This spiritual aspect emphasized the humility and appreciation necessary for the graduates as they move forward in their pursuits. The Mass provided a reflective moment, allowing attendees to contemplate their growth, the challenges overcome, and the support they received from their families, faculty, and peers. The blending of faith and academia underscored the holistic development that PSU SAS aims to instill in its graduates.

The Hooding and Recognition Ceremony was a poignant segment of the event. This tradition holds immense significance, representing the culmination of years of dedicated study, hard work, and intellectual growth. Each hood carried the weight of knowledge, responsibility, and the potential for positive change. By acknowledging these exceptional individuals, PSU SAS highlighted the multifaceted nature of success – one that extends beyond the classroom and encompasses active involvement in shaping a resilient and thriving community.

Indeed, PSU SAS provided a powerful platform to celebrate not only academic accomplishments but also the broader vision of producing socially conscious and globally competent graduates. As the graduates embark on their respective journeys, they carry with them the responsibility to uphold these values, becoming beacons of hope and progress in our society.