The Department of Education (DepEd) urged various private and public schools nationwide to celebrate a simple graduation rites for the year 2014. Aside from the simple graduation rites, DepEd also released this year’s Graduation Theme.
Based upon the DepEd Order No. 9 s. 2014, the graduation rites should focus on the theme “Hindi Natitinag and Pusong Pilipino,” to pay homage to the resilience of the Filipino spirit and its triumph over calamities that hits the country for the entire school year.
According to DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, he wants to maintain the solemnity of graduation rites by remaining frugal and simple. He was quoted as saying that “while the graduation rites mark a milestone in every learner, we should keep it prudent and economical. Extravagant attires and venues are not necessary to make an impression, the important thing is we send the message of nationalism, excellence and resilience to every graduate.” he said.
The Graduation ceremony for the school year 2013-2014 should are already scheduled to be held either on 27th or 28th of March, 2014. The Department of Education however made special mention to those regions or schools divisions who extended their academic year due to natural or man-made calamities.
Affected areas of calamities will celebrate their graduation rites based on their respective revised school calendar as approved by the Department of Education.
All private and public elementary and secondary schools nationwide should strictly comply with the requirements for graduation. DepEd noted that non-academic activities such as field trips and JS Prom should not be imposed as prerequisite to graduation.
The PTA may opt to give cash or in-kind donation during graduation, but public school personnel are not allowed to collect any graduation fees at any grade level or year as reiterated by DepEd.