- John Marcelino Rosaldo finally released his official statement concerning his graduation from Lorma Colleges
- In his two-page official statement, which was posted by Joy Ortega, he said that there was miscommunication, that he sent his payment via GCash
- Since he was on duty, he did not immediately see the request for the screenshot of the proof of payment by the accounting office and was only able to send it at night
- Trusting that he already complied with everything, he believed that he would be able to march the following day
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John Marcelino Rosaldo, the graduating student who was not allowed to go up the stage to receive his diploma, released his official statement on the issue.
The graduate, together with his mother, went to the office of Joy Ortega, a board member of District 1 of La Union and aired their side of the story.
As per the two-page official statement released by John and posted on Ortega's official page, he narrated how he sent his payment for graduation fee via Gcash to the respective bank account of Lorma Colleges.
Since he was in clinical duty at the time, he did not see the request of the accounting office to send a screenshot of the proof of payment.
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It was only in the evening that he was able to send the screenshot of the proof of payment to the accounting office and to his adviser.
Trusting that he already complied with the requirements, he did not think that he would encounter any trouble on graduation day.
So what happened was, as he was already in line to go up the stage, his Clinical Instructor told him that he is not allowed to march.
He was ushered to the side, and there he saw that there were other students who were not allowed to March.
As per John's statement, their CI tried comforting them by saying, "because they could not do anything to help us out."
"Our names were called and our photos were shown on the screen but we were not allowed to go up on stage to receive our diploma and have that ‘significant’ photo-op," said John.
Here is his full statement, as posted on Ortega's page.
John Marcelino Rosaldo is a student of Lorma Colleges. He became viral after his sister first took to social media and aired their family's sentiments over John not having been allowed to go up the stage to receive his diploma.
He was not allowed to go up the stage due to an alleged late payment of graduation fees.
Lorma Colleges, the school concerned, has already responded. In its statement, it stated that it is deeply concerned over what happened. It also issued an official statement on the matter.