We all know that graduation day is one of the proudest days of a student’s life, which is why most parents would do anything to attend the ceremony. A lot would even take a leave from work just to support their sons and daughters and witness their milestone.
But for one student, graduation is one of his saddest and most bittersweet days. Jeric R. Rivas, a graduate from La Concepcion College San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, Philippines, shared how his parents had been absent in all the special moments of his school life.
Recently, Jeric graduated Criminology Service Awardee from his course Bachelor of Science in Criminology, yet he shed tears on this victorious moment because his parents were not there. Although they were never there for him his entire life, he still hoped that they would attend his graduation day as the top student from his class.
The brokenhearted student took to Facebook to share his story. He shared:
“When I was in elementary school, I received the highest honor as the best student, but my parents never came. They were supposed to go on stage and tie a medal around my neck, but since they didn’t come, I didn’t take the medal.”
In high school, Jeric was awarded as “Best in TLE” yet his parents once again skipped his Recognition Day as well as the Graduation Ceremony held just a day later. He admitted that he was jealous of his classmates as their parents were very supportive, while his never cared.
Deciding to find a better life, Jeric left his hometown and sought his luck in Metro Manila. Unfortunately, his relatives rejected him from their homes. No one wanted him in their homes; instead, he was asked to leave.
After learning about his situation, a number of his professors helped Jeric. They offered him food, provided him extra cash for fare and school supplies, and even welcomed him into their homes.
Jeric also worked odd jobs to afford the tuition fees. He had stints working at a factory in Quezon, being a service crew at a fast food outlet and even being a house helper.
When his college graduation day arrived, Jeric never lost hope that his parent would come and see him. But just like the previous events, they never arrived.
As his name was called on stage, Jeric tried to walk with pride but ended up crying harder as he pitied himself.
But while Jeric’s parents failed to show him love and support multiple times, his professors were there to remind him that there are people out there that are proud of him.
“One by one the names of graduates are called, and all of them went up to the stage with their parents, whereas mine never came. When my name was called, however, my professors came to my seat and accompanied me up to the stage.
As I walked up, one of my other professors were standing there on stage waiting for me and embraced me. At that moment, some of my sadness disappeared, but I still cried in front of everyone.”
At the end of Jeric’s Facebook post, he thanked his professors and everyone who have helped him throughout his difficult journey.
Despite the pain that he felt, Jeric still thanked his parents and wished that they are proud of him.
“To my parents, who up until today could not accept me in their life, if you’re reading this, this is me now, and I hope I made you proud…”
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