Most parents would dream and love to witness their child on their Graduation Day. This is because this is one of the best moments of their children’s lives. Thus, many would often take a leave from work to attend the momentous event. Even overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) time their vacation to go home and celebrate the occasion.
Yet Jeric R. Rivas never experienced having his parents by his side for Graduation Day – or even Recognition Day, for that matter. Since he was still in elementary, they never attended his graduation.
This is really heart breaking because as students the only wish they have is to be able to see their parents proud of their graduation.
Recently, Jeric graduated Criminology Service Awardee from his course Bachelor of Science in Criminology from La Concepcion College San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, yet he shed tears on this victorious moment because his parents were, once again, not there.
He could not understand why his parents never liked to attend these special moments in his life, especially because he sees other parents who are proud of his classmates and friends attending their big day.
Jeric who felt so heartbroken refused to accept his medal because his parents were not there. He thought they would attend his high school recognition and the graduation ceremony the following day; yet his parents skipped both events as well.
The journey to finish college is not easy for Jeric since they don’t have enough money back in their province in Romblon and when he went here in Manila no relatives of him accepted him in their homes.
That is why to send himself to college, he worked at a factory in Quezon City, became a service crew at a fastfood outlet, tried his hand at being a janitor, had a stint as working student as his school, and even experienced being a ‘kasambahay’.
After learning about his sad situation, his college professors became his second parents. Many of them would give him some money for fare or provide him with food. Several also welcomed him to their homes, something that his relatives refused to do.
Yet on his Graduation Day from college, Jeric wished really hard that his parents would now feel proud of him and attend the event, yet they never arrived.
It was the saddest moment of his life. In his post on Facebook, Jeric thanked his professors and the many people who helped him in this difficult journey. What’s heartbreaking is that despite the many rejections he received from his parents, he still thanked them and wished that someday they would finally be proud of him.