Bachelor of Science in Psychology students are set to embark on the next phase of their college journey as they joined the first-ever Pinning and Candle Lighting ceremonies at University Gymnasium on March 6, 2023.
Fourth-year students lit the candle and received their symbolic pin with their parents and guardians, signifying their induction into the clinical, industrial, and psychological fields for their on-the-job training.
In her keynote speech, Ms. Ethel Ruth Quinto-Tinaza, a renowned academician and psychologist, spoke about the important role of psychologists in the prevalence of mental health issues, and the impact they can make on the lives of those around them.
Meanwhile, University Psychologist and College of Human Sciences dean Dr. Nhorly U. Domenden emphasized the need for empathy, compassion, and ethical responsibility in the practice of psychology, and encouraged the students to embrace these values as they move forward in their careers. Dr. Domenden, as one of the pioneering heads, also recalled the humble beginnings of the Psychology department at the university.
As the ceremony drew to a close, the students stood proud and offered a song of tribute to their parents as a symbol of gratitude for their unwavering support and encouragement for them.
With the theme “Striving for Excellence: Making a difference in the community through mental health advocacy,” the ceremonies emphasized not only the students’ induction to in-service training but also enjoined everyone to make a difference by promoting mental health awareness.
“As a psychology student, I can make a difference by breaking the stigma in mental health. Hindi po kasi joke ang mental health matters. We should not ignore our mental health because it is a part of our well-being,” said Joshua Villanueva in advocating mental health.