For many generations, we have called ourselves as “Ateneans,” a name uttered with pride and dedication to our relentless pursuit for competence, conscience and commitment. Through its vivid years, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, standing strong, has formed leaders of character, who have drawn from the past and the present to envision the future and realize its ideals in ways that are bolder, broader and brighter.
This academic institution has been a purveyor of leaders at the forefront of development, alumni whose names are synonymous with the progress of Mindanao and the country. Xavier has nurtured a multitude of figures in public service, science and technology, culture and the arts, sports, global affairs and other fields. It was at Xavier where these graduates bloomed into inspiring and valuable members of our society, making waves in different corners of the world, exemplifying the spirit of magis, the heart for service and the essential lessons the University has inculcated in them.
At present, Xavier University is a thriving academic and creative community bringing exciting adventures and new experiences. With an ASEAN perspective, the new vision-mission is meant to inspire the XU community forward with its commitment to excellence and greater societal engagements. Xavier is a home that takes care of creation, a home that nurtures the source of splendors—Mother Nature. Xavier continues to be at the frontier of converging different sectors to address the daunting challenges of climate change through our region-wide and sustainable environmental initiatives, and as our answer to the unifying call of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si.”
Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others. Since the world has been given to us, we can no longer view reality in a purely utilitarian way, in which efficiency and productivity are entirely geared to our individual benefit. Intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us. (Laudato Si’, 159)
Xavier is also a home that nurtures the creative and mental acumen of the youth. This is a home built to respond well to the demands of this challenging age—a university ready for the implementation of Senior High School, prepared to shape this new breed of future game-changers, professionals and leaders. Xavier is going to be their prime training ground, the rendezvous of their talents and advocacies, their creative space, and ultimately, their new home.
All these things call for nothing short of a grand celebration, which has been one of the most sought-after festivals not just in the university but also in Cagayan de Oro City. This year, we bring you to a journey of nostalgia—reminiscing your student life at Xavier and harking back to fine splendid memories within its walls while looking forward to greater heights. This is a festival that speaks to the core of what we do best: Find connections, revel in style and entertainment, and contribute to a contemporary definition of our shared home.
“Xavier: Our Common Home” has a slew of other definitions but they all meet at a common point of a celebration that stimulates our hearts and minds, paradoxically uniting us by presenting our inherent diversity as the XU community. (Press Release)