From Donny Pangilinan, Alexa Ilacad, Zephanie, and more, these young stars and personalities put in the work in their education and got that diploma.
Some people may think that just because you are famous, you are set for life. But that isn’t always the case. Even with fame and fortune, there are celebrities who still choose to prioritize their education. Despite the challenges they face as working students, they still persevere for their studies. Like with most other students, celebrities read the readings, do the projects, and answer the exams. A handful of young stars and personalities strived and managed to balance their work and their school to achieve that coveted degree and join the graduating class of 2022. Here are just some of the celebs who graduated from school this 2022 and prove that getting that education will always be important.
SHARLENE SAN PEDRO
Sharlene San Pedro has been in the public spotlight since she was on Goin’ Bulilit. But despite having a long career in showbiz, Sharlene hasn’t neglected her studies. And to that end, she can proudly add college graduate to her resume as she finished with an AB Psychology degree from AMA University. While Sharlene has opened up about how being a working student was not easy, it was all worth it in the end considering she got the Model Student Award. She also added a fun twist to her grad photos by posing with her phone, which has COD Mobile on the screen. Plus point for how her thesis dealt with a timely issue of how social media bashing affects one’s mental health.
Can Alexa Ilacad be anymore perfect? She’s a talented actress, wonderful singer, body positivity advocate, and her relationship with KD Estrada are goals. But aside from that, Alexa is also a top performing student. She has made headlines in the past for receiving top marks in her grades. And the young star achieved her biggest academic flex yet by graduating with a degree in Marketing from Treston International College. She also finished school with a GWA 1.0 and dean’s list distinction. Truly a woman of beauty, brains, and talent.
DONNY, HANNAH, AND ELLA PANGILINAN
The siblings that graduate together, stay together. Recently, Donny revealed that he and his sisters Hannah and Ella all finished their degrees together. And FYI, these were international degrees that they got from the College of Global Development from Washington State. As shared by Donny, who finished with a Bachelor of Ministry in Christian Leadership, the trio decided to complete their degrees together. And despite all the challenges and roadblocks they faced along the way, they still got that degree. Just like that, another green flag has been added to Donny Pangilinan.
Claudia Barretto has worn many hats throughout her still young career. She’s a musician, businesswoman, and podcast host. And she can also add college graduate to her list. Even with a lot on her plate, she managed to receive honors from her school, Ateneo de Manila University. And all her hard work came to fruition as she is graduating with a psychology degree this year. And like any graduating college student, she treated herself, and it was in the form of a trip to Europe with her friend that she saved up for.
Even new gen pop divas need to get that degree. And that’s exactly what Zephanie did when she graduated high school from Liceo De Sto Tomas Aquinas in Laguna this past June. Acing the vocals and the grades, we love to see it.
For followers of Alliana Dolina, seeing the YouTuber graduate college was a heartfelt moment and a long time coming. She has shared in her past videos about how school wasn’t easy and sometimes struggled with her class requirements. But all that hard work paid off as she finished with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from UST. And the best part was that she receive a Magna Cum Laude distinction, no big deal.
Bea Gomez groundbreaking career is proof that she is a women of beauty and brains. The 2021 Miss Universe Philippines added college graduate to her already impressive resume as she finally finished from the University of San Jose-Recoletos in Cebu. She was awarded the Outstanding Graduate for AM Mass Communication of ETEEAP Batch 18. In case you didn’t know, that stands for the Commission On Higher Education’s Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency Accreditation Program, a program for working students to recieve their degree without going through the traditional schooling methods. And a college degree is just the start for her as she’s shared in a past interview that she will be pursuing a master’s degree in social psychology next.
P-pop groups spend days, weeks, months, and even years perfecting their vocals and dance moves to give us those in-sync stages. But just because they are pros on the stage, that doesn’t mean these young idols put their education on the back seat. One such P-pop idol is MNL48’s Rianna who, despite being in one of the top P-pop group’s in the country, still got that diploma and finished high school from CSA.
Viral personality turned Binibining Pilipinas contestant Herlene Budol has continued to prove that she is so much more than just a young woman who became famous on the internet. She is gunning to slay on the pageant stage. But before that, she sashayed her way on the graduation stage to receive her college diploma. She recently graduated from College of Saint John Paull II in Rizal with a degree in Tourism Management. And the most heartwarming part is that she dedicated her achievement to her lola.
Who says making TikToks is just a waste of your time? Certainly not Roce Ordonez. Not only is she a fast rising TikTok creator with more than eight million followers, she also managed to focus on her studies as well. This 2022, she graduated college with a degree in BS Accountancy and was even given a Loyalty Award.
While Jacob hasn’t exactly followed in the showbiz footsteps as that of his mom and older sister, he is making a name for himself in the world of sports. He recently graduated high school from International School Manila and is set to study abroad at Xavier University in Ohio. There, Jacob will further train and hone his already impressive baseball skills to the next level.
Nina Stephanie is a rising YouTuber in her own right and so much more than just who she is related to. But showing how her talents aren’t just limited to social media, she’s also a student, and a graduating one at that. This 2022, she got her much deserved degree from UST with her batch having a face-to-face ceremony marking the occasion.
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