Working student na Grab driver etc., graduates Summa Cum Laude

Working student na Grab driver etc., graduates Summa Cum Laude


This story gives a different meaning to being a “working student.”


Full time working student Francis Jan Ax Valerio is someone worth to be idolized, because he is graduating Summa Cum Laude from Adamson University.


He was first known to netizens in 2020 when a picture of him went viral when he briefly stopping his delivery motorcycle on the side of the road to attend an online class while doing his deliveries. The same year he received a laptop from Adamson’s administrators who learned about his situation.


On Wednesday, July 13, Valerio posted an update on Facebook as he proudly shared photos of himself, a certificate, and a medal, announcing that he had finished his degree in communications with flying colors. 

(I was in high school when I first realized how tough life is. Back then, I used to sell sticky rice cakes and graham balls at school. I also did my classmates’ assignments and activities in exchange for small amounts of money for my school allowance.)

Aside from being a delivery rider, he also worked as a part time virtual assistant,fast food crew,call center agent and other jobs so as to make ends meet.


“Hindi naging madali ang lahat. Magdeliver umaraw man o umulan, mapuyat sa gabi para pumasok sa isa pang trabaho, sabay na din dun ‘yung paggawa ng mga school works,” he said.


(Everything was never easy. Doing delivery runs rain or shine, staying up at night to go to another job, plus doing my school works.)


Valerio cannot hold back his tears when he learned he will graduate with latin honors.


“Sulit ang pagbibilad sa ilalim ng tirik na araw, sulit lahat ng luha kasabay ng pagbyahe sa gitna ng malalakas na ulan, sulit lahat ng puyat maipasa lang ang mga kailangan ipasa sa eskwela,” he said.





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