DepEd releases guidelines for 2013 Graduation Rites

As the school year nears its end and graduation season is fast approaching the Department of Education, in line with its reform agenda, released the 2013 Graduation Rites with the theme “Building the Nation’s Future Leaders Through the K to 12 Basic Education Program”. Graduation rites should be scheduled either on the 18th or 19th of March.

On the other hand, DepEd is still implementing its policy when it comes to preparing for this ceremonial event. Guidelines such as the “No Collection” of graduation fees and enforcing students to submit non-academic projects as requirement to graduate is strictly prohibited. Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said that the rites itself should be an affair that includes civic duties, sense of community and personal responsibilities and should be memorable and exciting without extravagant splurges.

“It is a part of DepEd’s public service to the people in giving a simple yet an unforgettable graduation for students and that they deserve a ceremony without paying a cent.” Sec. Luistro said.

Furthermore, since the election day is just around the corner, DepEd prompts respect from campaigning politicians that the graduation rites is a solemn ceremony intended for the graduating students and their parents, and should not be used as a platform for political forum.

Schools violating the said policy, should be reported to the DeTXT Action Center at telephone numbers 636-1663 or 633-1942.

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