Meet Kuya Jerome Vertudazo Velez, a tireless father of four from Claveria, Misamis Oriental. To make ends meet, he works during the day as a maintenance worker in the pineapple fields, a carpenter, a laborer and a farmer. But then, he never gave up on his dream as he goes to school at night. And last June 17, 2021, Kuya Jerome finally graduated from Tagoloan Community College in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Financial Management.
Fellow graduate Ading Salvane shared Kuya Jerome’s inspiring story in Facebook as she emphasized that graduation is not just for the intelligent nor the diligent students but also for those who never let go of their dreams despite of how long will it take or how hard will it go.
Read Ading Salvane’s post below.
Meet Kuya Jerome.
I met him on my 3rd year in college on one of my class during Saturdays. He asked me if i knew how to answer our seatwork and apologized for asking about it. When I looked at him, he was very tired and shaking (maybe because of hunger). He was a very shy person. He doesn’t look at you straight in the eye when he talks and will always bow down his head while walking.
He is a family man. He has 4 kids and he is proud to say that all of them goes to school. He works in the day and goes to school at night. When I say he works, he works real hard. He once worked as a maintenance in the pineapple fields of del monte. Imagine the scorching heat of the sun or the cold pour of the rain yet he still managed to go to school at night. He also work as a carpenter, a farmer, a laborer – he can be anything as long as it allows him to earn money and provide for his family. He rented a piece of land and cultivated it all by himself in order to provide for his family. When I say all by himself, it means he’s alone in a hectare of land from 4 o’clock in the morning till 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
When the COVID -19 Pandemic hit us, he was worried if he will be able to sustain since wala syay facebook and wala syay android phone to go online. Their place has a very bad reception na dili gani nako sya ma contact usahay. I simply told him “mag enroll lagi ta ya. Gamay nalang kaayo. Mu graduate lagi ta”. Through the collaborative efforts of our classmates, we were able to have him answer all his modules even if it means passing it beyond the deadline. I am so thankful to our instructors for accepting all his outputs.
Why am I sharing Kuya Jerome’s story? Simply because it is worth celebrating. He never gave up of his dream and worked hard to make it real. I am proud of him and I hope you are too.
This graduation is not just for the intelligent nor the diligent students. This graduation is also for those who never let go of their dreams despite of how long will it take or how hard will it go.
TO ALL THE WORKING STUDENTS, SELF SUPPORTING STUDENTS, SINGLE MOMS AND DADS, STUDENT MOMS AND DADS, and to YOU who never gave up on your dream, CONGRATULATIONS and you did well. Continue striving hard for the greater glory of the lord.
May Kuya Jerome be a constant reminder that if all of us will just work hard and be faithful to God, nothing is impossible.
SPECIAL THANKS to Tcc Bsba batch 2021 for allowing Kuya Jerome have his photo taken. From the wardrobe, to the pictorial payment and for the cash gift. Thank you all so much.
Congratulations Batch 2020 and Batch 2021
MR. JEROME V. VELEZ
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION MAJOR IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY