The Catholic University of Korea held the 2023 Entrance Ceremony in Myeongdong Cathedral on Thursday, March 2, 2023, welcoming 2,075 first-year students. The ceremony, which took the form of a mass, was led by Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taick, the chief director of the Catholic School, and the first-year students and their parents participated.

Shin Hyunseung of the Department of Theology took the matriculation oath on behalf of all first-year students of 2023 and pledged to work hard at the university. And three students, including Lee Yoonseo (Medicine, freshman), Kim Hochang (Pre-med, freshman), and Shin Hyunseung (Theology, freshman), received scholarship certificates as representatives of each campus.

“The Catholic University’s founding philosophy is respect for human dignity, and it takes pride in fostering talents who are equipped with intellectual abilities, moral character, and spirituality rather than simply pursuing knowledge,” said Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taick. “I hope that students will develop as talents to serve global citizens while practicing love and service and realizing genuine truth in the CUK community.” 

“Catholic University will actively assist students in multiple directions to design their lives wisely by acquiring various knowledge and experience,” said Catholic University President Fr. Luke Jongchul Won. “I wish they would enjoy campus life full of joy and hope while discovering their own talents and selves and realizing their potentials,” he added as a blessing for the future of the first-year students.

Photo: Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taick is leading a mass in Myeongdong Cathedral
Photo: President Fr. Luke Jongchul Won is shaking hands with a student of Theology department freshman