30-Year-Old Guy Graduates Magna Cum Laude, Shares Story to Inspire Others

Age is just a number and should not be the hindrance to one’s success. Such was proven by Stephen Rey Ortiz who graduated from college at age 30. Despite being away from school for many years, he managed to pull it off and graduate with flying colors, earning his degree in Bachelor of Arts in Communication with the Latin honor, magna cum laude.

Knowing that there are many others like him who were not able to start their college degree immediately after completing high school (and new grads now have to complete senior high school), Stephen shared his story to inspire others to continue reaching for their dreams.

After working in BPO industry for almost 7 years, I decided to go back to school to finish my education. I [was] 26 that time,” Stephen told Manila Bulletin.

Photo credit: Facebook / Stephen Rey Ortiz

But Bachelor of Arts in Communication was not actually Stephen’s first choice. He wanted to study Business Management, something that he wanted to finish because of his job in the BPO industry. He changed his mind, however, after seeing the course curriculum because it involved a lot of math.

Since I’m working in BPO industry, my first choice is to take up Business Management. But after seeing its curriculum, I asked the admission if they can offer me a course that ‘had a few numbers’ then they recommended AB Communication,” he revealed.

He made the right choice. He was able to enjoy his studies and complete the degree with flying colors!

Thankfully, he did not feel discrimination from his younger classmates at STI College Global City. Everyone was supportive of Stephen as their ‘kuya’.

Photo credit: Facebook / Stephen Rey Ortiz

Now that he has achieved his dreams, he shares his story as an inspiration to others.

I came from a broken family but it didn’t stop me from achieving my dreams that someday I can finish my education,” he mused.

Always trust the process. You need to believe in yourself. When in doubt, pray.”

Congratulations, Stephen!