A lot of tears likely propelled Jason Della Porta’s four-year journey to today. He would have had every right to shed a tear of joy upon collecting his UCW degree and Medal for Academic Excellence.
The struggle to overcome fears of scholastic inadequacy and maintain a full-time job to feed his family while pursuing an at-first, online Bachelor of Commerce(BCom)degree has made Della Porta’s success all the sweeter.
Della Porta’s medal recognizes his achievement of the highest cumulative grade point average, 3.78 out of a potential 4.33, in his program.
“Simply completing my degree was more then enough,” says the 33-year-old Montreal native who now makes Dorval, Quebec his home with his wife and two sons. “Being able to obtain the Medal for Academic Excellence on top of my degree is outstanding for me, a student who struggled so much in his earlier years but has come to accomplish what he set out to do.”
Remembering his aborted attempts to get a degree before the age of 21, Della Porta credits the flexibility of UCW’s degree program and lessons learned in the workforce with helping him become an academic success story.
“I am quite excited as I have found many doors to have been open to me now, having my degree in which I can start any new career that I want.”
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