– This year, the graduation ceremony is only for high school students – the Department of Education said.

– The elimination of graduation ceremonies for grade 6 students is conducted at all schools across the country.

– This ritual will be replaced by exercises to move up.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that only the senior high school students will be having their graduation rites. We learned that DepEd confirmed on Thursday that Grade 6 students in both public and private schools will no longer have their graduation ceremonies this school year.

According to a report by the Manila Bulletin (author Merlina Hernando-Malipot), Education Secretary Leonor Briones mentioned that only Grade 12 students from DepEd-approved schools with K-12 program; have the permit to operate Senior High School since 2014 and international schools with K-12 program can hold graduation ceremonies for this school year.

However, Briones clarified that Kindergarten, Grades 6 and 10 students will still have their “moving up” exercises. The students will be receiving Kindergarten Certificate, Elementary Certificate, and Junior High School Certificate respectively.

On Wednesday, Briones also urged public schools to invite inspiring graduation speakers. In a report by Philippine News Agency (author Liza Agoot), Briones said that achievers in different fields could be great guest speakers and can actually inspire the students.

“There are so many role models in addition to good politicians that the children can relate to,” Briones said.

Briones said that even if public schools invite politicians or even candidates as guest speakers, it is still prohibited for them to campaign.

“We discourage tarpaulins and giving of give-aways and campaign materials. That is forbidden by law — by the Constitution, Comelec (Commission on Elections), Civil Service Commission and the DepEd,” the Education Secretary said.

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