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1ST PINNING CEREMONY. The AB English Language and AB Literature student-interns together with VP for higher education Fr Rene C Tacastacas SJ (center), College of Arts and Sciences dean Dr Juliet Q Dalagan, assistant dean Marichu M Obedencio, and the faculty members of the Department of English Language and Literature strike a pose for a group photo after the 1st Pinning Ceremony. Supplied photo. 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — The Department of English Language and Literature (DELL) and College of Arts and Sciences of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan jointly conducted the 1st Pinning Ceremony for their student-interns at the University Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Wednesday, September 5.

Xavier Ateneo’s VP for higher education Fr Rene C Tacastacas SJ celebrated the holy mass and blessed the pins of AB English Language and AB Literature student-interns.

English Department chairwoman Dr Lilia A Cotejar presented the 21 students before VP Tacastacas, ArtScies dean Dr Juliet Q Dalagan, and assistant dean Marichu M Obedencio, who then handed the pins to the student-interns and their parents or significant others.

“May your pin remind you of three things: first, that you are future-ready; second, you are an Atenean; and third, that you are a socially-engaged student intern,” Dalagan said in her message.

“Every time you wear your pin, may you be reminded to bring with you the [Xavier Ateneo] values of competence, conscience, commitment, and compassion,” the dean added. “Remember to serve others as that is the value of magis (meaning 'a philosophy of excellence with depth').”   

Although the English program is one of the oldest offerings of XU College of Arts and Sciences, this is the first time for the department to hold a pinning ceremony.

These English 90.2 students, under the tutelage of Cathelyn C Adajar, will immediately begin their practicum in the classes of other English teachers.

In the second semester, they will have their on-the-job training in communications offices, corporations, and law firms.∎


RITE OF PASSAGE. Twenty-one students from the Department of English Language and Literature receive their pins as student-interns. Supplied photo. 


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