TUGUEGARAO CITY (September 14, 2023)—Some 11,883 freshmen in nine campuses for the School Year 2023-2024 mark the beginning of their college journey with the Cagayan State University (CSU) during the welcome ceremonies for the new members of the CSU academic community on September 4, 2023.
CSU President Dr. Urdujah Alvarado said the university opens a new academic year and embraces these brand new faces with 2,035 freshmen of the CSU-Andrews Campus who officially took their first steps on the campus during the traditional Grand Athena Walk through the Parthenon-inspired stairs.
Supported by all faculty, staff and returning students, the welcome activity with a festive atmosphere greeted freshmen with a jump-street competition among the first-year students.
Alvarado welcomed the undergraduate students as they enter a new chapter in their lives saying that her office is always open for all members of the CSU community.
“I may not be able to entertain all of you at the same time, but I will always make time for you. I want you to make me and all of your professors, deans and administrators a part of your journey,” she said.
Remarking that learning is an endless and exciting journey, Alvarado said, “I am glad that you chose Cagayan State University to be the home of your growth in knowledge.”
She also noted that the students will find in the university the fount of their visions and the cradle of their dreams “as long as you are prepared to give all that you can to the cause of your education and formation.”
In his opening remarks, Prof. Ramon Kanapi, CSU-Andrews Campus executive officer, also advised the students.
“In college, your goal is to recreate yourself. Your transition is your responsibility and soon will be your achievement,” Kanapi said.
According to Alvarado, other CSU campuses also conducted their welcome activities in their respective campus.
CSU-Carig has welcomed the largest batch of freshmen at 4,068. CSU-Aparri welcomed 1,550 new students, while CSU-Sanchez Mira has 1,394. The campus of Gonzaga registered 728 new students.
CSU-Lal-lo Campus greeted 629 new students while CSU-Piat recorded 545 first-year students. The newest addition to the university, CSU-Solana has 519 new students, while CSU-Lasam has the smallest freshmen population at 415. LCD