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Class of 2021: Local celebrities who graduated amid pandemic

Class of 2021: Local celebrities who graduated amid pandemic

Graduations may be different this year. Families and friends will just gather at home to make a toast and even celebrate as students toss their caps collectively over video chats. While COVID-19 still hangs around the world, it’s still not advisable to have ceremonies and gatherings for graduations. Hence, a mixed feeling of sadness and happiness is absolutely understandable. Regardless, graduations remain an event that should be celebrated. As it proves the hard work and perseverance of every student.

Now that students have finally accomplished their academic life. It’s time to bring the spotlight to them. It may seem that graduation is a sign of ending. Let me share with you my favorite quote from Henry David Thoreau.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

Graduation isn’t an end as it usually brings a new chapter of humble beginnings. Some celebrities shared on their social media account their graduation photos. It’s time for them to shine on their academic journey. 

We’ve put the spotlight on these five local celebrities who graduated amid a pandemic. 

 Leon Barreto

Marjorie Barreto’s son Leon finished high school this year. The younger brother of Dani, Julia, and Claudia with  High Honors and 7 medals.

Marjorie wrote in her Instagram post.

“My son Leon graduated yesterday with High Honors. 7 medals. Mathematics Award, Social Science Award, Arts Award, Communication Arts Award, Teens Can Award and GAS TOP 2! Your sisters and I are so PROUD of you!” 


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Jodi Sta. Maria

Jodi shared on Instagram that after four years in college, she finally got her degree. She, then, shared that ever since she entered showbiz she dreamt of finishing her schooling. And, at last, after a decade of determination, she finally graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in South Ville International School and Colleges.

Jodi wrote a caption on her Instagram post.

“I share this milestone with everyone who has supported me through the years – my teachers, my family, my management team, my friends. Thank you for letting me reach my stars. To God be all the glory, honor, and praise.” 


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Alexa Ilacad

Alexa announced on her Instagram post that she’s finally graduating. With a GWA of 1.00 and also a dean’s list in Treston International College. She happily shared her journey conquering the academic life in her degree in Marketing. Several celebrities also express their happiness by congratulating Alexa. To name a few, Michelle Vito, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, and Kakai Bautista.


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Lorin Gutierrez

Ruffa Gutierrez’s daughter Lorin graduated from senior high school in June this year. She attended The British School Manila and her mom excitedly shared it on Instagram.

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Michelle Vito

Michelle happily shared on Instagram her academic journey. She attended De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde with a degree in Bachelor of Science Major in Human Resource Management.

Michelle wrote in a caption.

“Even though I’ve dreamed and waited for that moment for many years, the current situation taught me to be content and grateful for what we have at the moment. Everything happens for a reason, and I know God is teaching us a lesson. All is well with Him.” 


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Congratulations, graduates! 

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