The Last Graduate

The last remaining student in the family will be graduating soon. It’s on May 13th, to be exact. The entire family is beaming with pride. Indeed, we are proud of Jodie, our bunso who is graduating with a degree in Bachelor in Banking and Finance from a state university. We’re also glad that all four of us siblings in the family have already finished college. Our parents have finally fulfilled their dream of giving us the best gift they could give us — education.

Anyway, Jodie’s journey to graduation wasn’t an easy one. For one, she was a working student (though it wasn’t forced on her). She really made use of her time wisely so she could earn money while studying. Her patience and faith were also tested during her final semester where she had to complete her graduation requirements before getting into the list of candidates for graduation. She was lacking her form 137-a, of all documents! I didn’t know what happened there but it must be the result of some kind of negligence from either the university, the high school or my sister herself.

So, we had to get the needed academic document from her high school in the province and it wasn’t an easy feat. Imagine, we had to secure it through the help of relatives. It would be too costly if Jodie would get it herself. To go to my mother’s province in the Visayas (where my siblings all went to elementary and high school), a plane or ship ticket is a must. We are really grateful to our cousins there who went the extra mile to help our bunso. We just sent money to them so they could send the form 137-a through LBC (which was very reliable, by the way).

Yesterday, we finally learned through Jodie’s online student account that she’s now a candidate for graduation. It was the best news, ever. Haha. Now all she needs to do is complete her clearance and pay her graduation fees. I may not be physically present when she receives her diploma (it’s my mom who will accompany her) but I share in her triumph. For sure, it’s gonna be a great start for her in the real world very soon. 🙂

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