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DepEd calls for safe, simple, and solemn in-person graduation ceremonies


In-person graduation and end-of-school-year (EOSY) rites are making a comeback after around two years of graduations attended by graduates and their proud families through Zoom or Google Meet.

Though the situation will not revert to pre-pandemic levels as new Covid variants continue to circulate, the Department of Education (DepEd) has already given schools permission to hold such ceremonies, with some caveats to be aware of.

DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio, in an interview, said that just like in previous graduation and EOSY rites before the pandemic, the ceremonies should be conducted solemnly. “It should not be excessively grand, should be dignified and simple,” he said.

Last May 10, 2022, the Department of Education released Memorandum No. 43, which established standards for the conduct of graduation rituals in basic education. According to DepEd, the setup might be a “hybrid ceremony,” in which a small number of people will be allowed to physically attend the event while the others will watch it online or via live streaming.

If the school decides to organize hybrid ceremonies, DepEd advises that they first consult their respective LGUs as well as the guests’ parents. The department stated that “schools must get parental authorization for learners to attend the face-to-face ceremony.”

During the limited in-person ceremonies, the Department of Education emphasized the importance of following health protocols, such as wearing face masks throughout the event, maintaining a one-meter physical distance between individuals, sitting only in assigned seats, and avoiding any form of a handshake or physical contact. Only the parents or one approved guardian may accompany a candidate to the graduation ceremony.

Since the present school year will conclude on June 24, graduation and EOSY rites may be held from June 27 to July 2. For schools that had to suspend classes due to the surge in Covid cases in their areas, the DepEd said that they can adjust their academic calendars, and hold the graduation rites between July 4 and 9 instead.


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