A smiling person stands in front of a sign the reads Humber Lakeshore Campus that sits in a flower bed.

“I’m not sure how my life would have been if I hadn’t gone to Humber.”

That’s according to Hans Badillo Tellez, who came to Canada a few years back with a plan to attend Humber College after he had first secured his undergraduate degree in his home country of Colombia. He was working back home but realized it wasn’t ultimately where his passions lay.

So, he made the decision to move to Canada to further pursue his post-secondary education. The Advertising and Marketing Communications student is happy he did as Badillo Tellez was one of the almost 3,000 Humber graduates who were part of Fall Convocation ceremonies happening November 2 and November 3 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

“I have this deep sense of fulfillment knowing that I’m a graduate,” said Badillo Tellez. “Actually, every time I think about it, I get emotional. It was two years of very hard work but I’m so happy and enthusiastic about what’s next for me and my career.”

Badillo Tellez, who celebrated his birthday shortly before convocation, was joined by his partner and his father, the latter of whom flew in from Colombia to attend the ceremony.

“It was important for me to be here in person,” said Badillo Tellez. “Graduating is definitely worth celebrating.”

A head-and-shoulders photo of a smiling person.

Badillo Tellez said his time in the program was extremely beneficial and gave him the foundational skills he needs to be successful in his field. The hands-on learning was critical and the opportunity for a work placement was a deciding factor in selecting Humber. His capstone project, creating a marketing campaign for a popular vehicle manufacturer, provided many opportunities for learning and growth.

“I learned a great deal about project management, working with a team and how to manage different personalities through the capstone,” he said. “What I liked about this program is it gave me all the tools I need while also providing a look at what it’s like to work in the field.”

Badillo Tellez, who’s currently employed as a Digital Marketing Coordinator with Humber International, has remained in touch with his classmates. The opportunities to connect with those in the program has been helpful and has allowed him to continue to build his professional network.

When he saw Humber’s Advertising and Marketing Communications program, Badillo Tellez knew that was what he wanted to take. Several years later, he’s now graduated and ready to get his career started thanks to his Humber education.