Former Houseboy Graduates Summa Cum Laude from Education Course, Major in Math

Due to poverty, Abzonie Reño was not able to immediately go to college after he graduated from high school back in 2008. But when he finally went back to school, he wowed everyone by graduating as summa cum laude from an education course, major in Math! Wow.

Abzonie hails from Butuan City in southern Philippines but had gone to Metro Manila after his high school graduation to find jobs to support his family. He tried everything from being a houseboy to a janitor to a factory worker to a security guard! But though the pay was good, it was not enough to bring his family out of poverty like he imagined.

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Realizing that he could find a better-paying job after graduating from college, Abzonie decided to go back home and finish his studies. He was able to find a scholarship to study Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Major in Math at Caraga State University – Ampayon Butuan City campus.

Already 23 years old at the time, he felt challenged to do his best because he was much older than his classmates.

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Nakakahiya sobrang tanda ko na para maging first year college pa pero ‘yun din po ang naging motivation ko,” Abzonie recalled.

Thanks to this motivation, plus his goal to finish his studies to help his family, Abzonie was able to do his best in college and graduate with flying colors. He became the first person to graduate summa cum laude from the university!

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During the graduation ceremony held last May 30, he inspired the graduates with his story. He shared that he had only dreamed of going back to school to get a degree but did not expect that God would give him this amazing blessing.

For seven years it’s been my dream na makapag-aral ulit tapos siyempre po inspired po ako na galingan po siguro kasi matanda na ako,” Abzonie shared.

Sobrang saya po proud sa sarili kasi ‘yun nga hindi ako bumalik ng pag-aaral para mag-excel bumalik lang ako para makapagtapos lang po pero sobra-sobra pa po yung binigay ni Lord.

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Abzonie is the only one awarded summa cum laude in his batch, but one graduated as magna cum laude and eight others were cum laude.

Watch his inspiring story here: