Nursing graduate disallowed to march on stage due to unprocessed grad fees

    MANILA, Philippines – A nursing graduate and his family couldn’t help but be heartbroken after he was not allowed to walk up on stage during the commencement rites last Thursday, June 23. The family claimed that the reason was that his graduation fees weren’t processed.

    John Marcelino Rosaldo wasn’t allowed on stage during his graduation
    John Marcelino Rosaldo wasn’t allowed on stage during his graduation ceremony because the school wasn’t able to process his graduation fees | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/John Marcelino Rosaldo

    John Marcelino Rosaldo should have been among the happy graduates of the Lorma Colleges La Union, except that he wasn’t allowed to march on stage to receive his diploma. John’s sister, Celene Rosaldo took to social media about their family’s disappointment. According to the family, the school refused to allow John on stage because he allegedly failed to pay the required graduation fee. However, the family clarified that they did pay a day before but it wasn’t confirmed and processed in time for the graduation.

    In a series of TikTok videos posted by Celene, she wrote, “Yung graduate ka pero di ka pinaakyat ng stage para kunin diploma mo kasi di naconfirm payment mo sa grad fee.”

    “He has already paid his grad fee the day before his grad but the school didn’t confirm his payment. That’s the f*cked up part,” she added.

    Celene also shared their mother was the one who was most affected and cried when John wasn’t allowed to march on stage. “My brother just graduated but my mom cried coz the school did not allow him to get his diploma up the stage,” she wrote.

    In an interview, Celene explained that she was hurt when she saw how John was pulled out of the line to march on stage to receive the diploma. “Ang pinakamasakit po dun ay ang itsura ng nanay ko po na kitang-kita niya na yung anak niya na pinull out sa line papuntang stage para i-receive sana ‘yung diploma,” she said.

    The incident has made many netizens frustrated and disappointed over the lack of understanding of the school. A netizen wrote, “Sinira nila yung masayang araw dahil ang late ang payment? wew.”

    Another netizen added, “That school must be held responsible. Don't let it slide. Your brother deserves to be on the stage on that graduation day. Congrats to him.”

    “Masyado naman nilang pinapahalatang it's all about the money money money,” another netizen wrote.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Carol Lynn R. Macagba, the President of Lorma Colleges said they will issue a formal statement soon. She added they also feel saddened over the incident and are already investigating the incident.

    “We are deeply concerned and saddened by what transpired during the recent graduation of Lorma Colleges involving one of our students. We sympathize with the family and are currently trying to get in touch with him and/or with his family to discuss and investigate what exactly happened and to ensure that this type of incident does not happen again. Lorma Colleges continues to be committed to the education of the present generation and future generation students to come.”

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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