A new milestone has been made: SMMC’s first Pinning Ceremony for the Psychology Department after the pandemic.

The incoming fourth-year students of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology commenced on their new path in the field of Psychology as the pioneering batch for the Pinning Ceremony immediately following the pandemic. The Pinning Ceremony was held last August 4, 2023, at the SMMC Guinayang Campus. The ceremony symbolizes the commitment and excellence they shall bring to their internship.

The Pinning Ceremony wouldn’t be possible without the initiative of the BSP’s Program Coordinator, Ms. Alondra Ara Mena, the assistance of the Psychology Society, their extensive coordination and organization, Dean Iringan, and the support given by the administration. The Pinning Ceremony was proposed in June 2023 and approved by the institution in July of same year. The Psychology Society together with Ms. Mena convened at the Guitnang-Bayan campus to create and discuss the initial plan, as well as improvements for the incoming fourth-year students’ pins and uniforms. The head of the volunteering team also held a separate online meeting with the other volunteers to discuss and decide the different tasks of the volunteers. Everyone’s hard effort paid off as the parade of white hues emerges, and the students walk together with their parents beaming with pride and triumph.

In celebration of the occasion, our beloved College President, Dr. Teresita C. Dela Cruz, expressed her utmost support as she delivered passionate remarks to the incoming fourth-year students, emphasizing the significance of receiving the pin and nameplate for both students and parents. Thus, she considered the significance of the three fields that incoming fourth-year students will encounter as they begin their new endeavour before facing the reality of the field of Psychology outside of the theoretical context.

Prof. Nestor M. Tadena, Vice President for Academic Affairs, acknowledged that being the best version of yourself happens every day, every week, every month, and for the rest of your life. Sealing the ceremony, Dr. Ma. Veronica C. Iringan, Dean of the Institute of Arts and Sciences, delivered her insightful message to the students, focusing the significance of the white uniform for the Psychology students as well as the meaning behind the trident shaped logo of the Psychology which complements to the SMMC’s core values: excellence, commitment, service, and integrity.  

Congratulations to our incoming fourth-year students and soon-to-be Psychology practitioners on attaining this incredible milestone in your academic path. May this ceremony serve as a reminder of your hard work, devotion, and inspiration to uphold the traits of a psychologist practitioner. Padayon, mga Sikolohista! “Malayo pa, pero Malayo na.”

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