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GSAO Glows at Acquaintance Party

Grand and spectacular – These two words perfectly captured the night of AdZU’s Graduate School Acquaintance Party, a one-time yearly event held to gather all graduate students, faculty, and staff to experience a night they will always remember. Held last August 11, 2018 at the Grand Madrid Ballroom of Palacio del Sur, the Graduate School Academic Organization (GSAO) celebrated GLOW: Assemblage of Colors.

Dr Claribel Concepcion, Assistant to the Vice President for Higher Education for Graduate Studies, opened the event by expressing how helpful these gatherings are as it allows individuals to bring together their strengths and interests that open windows for advancements in their studies, careers, and other ventures. Dr Concepcion highlighted how it promotes cooperation between and among graduate students, teachers, and staff who may pursue advocacies and similar goals.

“[Us] Meeting new people widens our perspective about them and increases our insights and understanding toward them.”

                                                                                        Dr Claribel C Concepcion

                         Assistant to the Vice President for Higher Education for Graduate Studies

Fr Marcos Louis D Catalan Jr SJ, Vice President for Higher Education, then enlightened the audience with four simple yet very helpful tips on how to overcome the struggle of balancing work, studies, and life – tracking one’s time, breaking large tasks into smaller components, taking care of one’s health, and most importantly, nurturing one’s family and relationships. Fr Catalan further elaborated upon these tips through various suggestions to help achieve efficiency and success in career and studies, while balancing life and relationships.

Fr Catalan answered the question: What has helped you go through graduate studies?

“The word that came into my mind was the word balance – the balance between life, work, and studies.”

                                                                              Fr Marcos Louis D Catalan Jr SJ

                                                                              Vice President for Higher Education

The induction of the Graduate School Academic Organization Officers for A.Y. 2018 – 2019 followed suit, as well as the turning-over of the Key of Responsibility from GSAO President Emeritus Mr Romeo E Ballesteros to incumbent GSAO President Ms Raissa P Austero.


The new academic year started off on a high note as the GSAO took to the dance floor for a night of excitement and festivities. Raffle draws, party games, fashion shows, and talent competitions set light to the night as, true to their theme, the faculty, students, and guests assembled together in a mishmash of colors and fun. 



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