3 Inspiring Graduation Stories + a Giveaway

When in Manila, you know it’s March when you open your social media accounts and see photos and stories about graduation. I had qualms about the long way to go before my graduation, so I compiled different stories on it. These are my three favorite stories so far; I hope they serve as an inspiration to you, too.

3.) Stories that remind us who and what our education is for




This is a photo of a father and son from Thailand. The man’s mother passed away in childbirth, so his father, a farmer, was left alone to bring up his son alone. (Source)

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Both photos show how when one graduates, it’s never just about the him or her. It’s also about the people who made it possible.

More than that, it’s about the people and the causes that our education is supposed to be used for.

2.) Jim Carrey

I always thought of Jim Carrey as the man who taught me how to spell B-E-A-U-tiful. 


Until I heard his commencement speech at the Maharishi University of Management.

He shared how his father always wanted to be a comedian, but stuck to a “safe” and “conservative” job that he didn’t like. He was later laid off and their whole family had to do what they could just to survive. This taught Jim Carrey a valuable lesson, which he phrased beautifully:

“The decisions we make in this moment are based in either love or fear. So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality…I learned many, many lessons from my father, but not least of which is that you can fail at something you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance doing what you love.”

1.) Ericka Goldson

Ericka Goldson’s speech became viral and controversial a few years ago. Most valedictory speeches are all about the great road ahead and the long but fulfilling path the graduates had to go through. Ericka’s was different and refreshing.

Illustration by zenpencils.com

Illustration by zenpencils.com



Illustration by zenpencils.com

Illustration by zenpencils.com


This March, Sweet Charms Manila has teamed up with WhenInManila.com to celebrate graduation. We want to honor not only the graduates, but also the people who were there to support the graduates: the teachers who believed in us, the parents who sacrificed for us, and all the everyday heroes. 

Just head on to this photo to learn how you could win Sweet Charms Manila’s new oval locket with long chain and 5 charms for you or for a person you want to thank and congratulate. 

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Sweet Charms Manila offers keychains, necklaces, and bracelets that could be personalized by choosing what locket, chain, charms, and dangles you want. This is a photo  of my very own Sweet Charms Manila locket: 

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It’s been my everyday necklace for months now, and the quality is still as good as new. (I once accidentally dropped it inside a cup of coffee!). I like how the chain is shiny and looks as if it were beaded. But my favorite feature of this locket will always be the charms I got to choose.

I selected charms based on two themes: work and graduation. The camera, the graduation cap, and the sunflower all represent graduation for me. The laptop and the word “blog” represent my extracurriculars. I also got a “2015” charm because this was when I finally started having my own personal blog. For my plate, I chose the one with the engraving “love” because whether it’s for school or for extracurriculars, I want to have so much love for the things I do.


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What about you? What charms would you choose? Let us know in the comments! 🙂 

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