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Written by : Maria Estella V. Sanchez

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5th Xavier University Senior High School
Commencement Exercises
May 29 – 31, 2022

The 5th Xavier University Senior High School Commencement Exercises has officially concluded for the School Year 2021- 2022.

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The graduation rites started with the Sablay Donning Ceremony. The candidates for graduation with their parents lined up at designated places in the direction of the Philippine Flag, the University Colors, and the Mace for the donning ceremony. Faculty Marshals facilitate the assembly of faculty and department coordinators at the designated donning area. Coordinators assist in lining up parents at their designated places for the Sablay donning ceremony. The President, VP Basic Ed, Principal, Assistant Principals, and the University Registrar take their places, standing on the lanes at the entrance gates of the XASC for the Sablay Donning Ceremony. The Overall Committee Chair signals for the ceremony to begin.

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After the donning ceremony, the candidates get ready for the processional to the Xavier Ateneo Sports Centre, where their parents, guests, faculty, and staff wait for the commencement exercises.

The Assistant Principal declared the opening of the XUSHS Commencement Exercises for Academics, Ms. Sofia G. Tagud.

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After opening the Commencement Exercises, the invocation followed was given by Rev Fr Raymund Benedict Q. Hizon of the Society of Jesus, Senior High School chaplain. The Singing of the National Anthem and the University Hymn by Mr. Ramoel W. Mondelo, Physical Education Academic Chair.

Dr. Rogelio L. Gawahan, Senior High School Principal, presents the Candidates for graduation to Rev. Fr. Mars P. Tan, SJ, University President.

The XUSHS is delighted to inform the Xavier University Community that Rev. Fr. Mars P. Tan, SJ, University President, has conferred the following graduates per Strand during the Two (2) day Commencement Exercises. 


By the authority vested upon him as University President by the Department of Education of the Republic of the Philippines, he declared the Xavier University Senior High School GRADUATES. On which they will receive their senior high school graduation certificates and other benefits relating to it.

The awarding of diplomas took place with Ms. Sofia Tagud presiding. She, in turn, directs STEM Strand Head, Mr. Jeffrey Tumampos, to give out the names of the graduates (First Day of the Commencement, May 30, 2022), and TVL Strand Head, Ms. Oliva E. Lim, Humanities and Social Sciences, and General Academic Strands, Ms. Maricel E Acerdano, and Accountancy, Business, and Management Strand, Mr. Ray Michael S. Homeres (2nd Day of the Commencement, May 31, 2022).

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The awarding of medals for the Academic Honors and Non-Academic Awards was given by Rev Fr Mars P Tan, SJ, University President, and Dr. Dulce R Dawang, Vice President for Basic Education, for the Non-Academic Awards.


Ms. Sofia G Tagud, Assistant Principal for Academics, reads the names of the awardees for the academic awards, and Ms. Emilou C. Aron, Assistant Principal for Formation, reads the names of the awardees for the non-academic awards.

The program also highlights an intermission number from the graduates with their graduation song; I lived by OneRepublic and the Alumni Pledge.

Dr. Rogelio L. Gawahan addresses the Epsilon Batch with his pabaon or parting message.  It circles around the K-12 Curriculum exits:

You are ready to transition to a new environment as you take up any of the curriculum exits of the K-12: Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kolehiyo because we believe that we have formed you - job-ready, business-ready, and college-ready. 

He also mentioned the promise of Xavier Ateneo to provide our graduates with a Jesuit brand of education.

Two years of #ExperienceExcellence, Xavier Ateneo as our mantra and compass while we comply with the most essential learning competencies maintaining both DepEd requirements and the Ignatian flavor of SHS education, away from the physical environment of our university.

The grduates are guided by

our equally (5Cs) competent, committed, conscientious, Christ-centered, and culturally integrated faculty and formators to accomplish your Written Works, Quarterly Assessments, Performance Task, and active participation in the formation activities with more love, more heart on it not only for yourselves, family and friends, but for God.

After the Principals’ message, the graduates sing The On Crusaders for the last time. Then, the conclusion of the three-day convocation and commencement exercises.

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Our ardent hope is that our graduates will continue to persevere to be academically competent, well-rounded, self-disciplined, loving, and religious as Christian. In addition, Xavier Ateneo wishes they are culturally integrated, committed to doing justice, and open to growth to become men and women of competence, conscience, and commitment as we wish them well on their next journey.