No more graduation ceremonies for Grade 6 students, says DepEd

Manila, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) announced recently saying only Senior High Schools will conduct graduation rites and there will be no more graduation ceremony for Grade 6 students - both public and private schools.

Following to K-12 implementation, Education secretary Leonor Briones said that only qualified students in the Senior High School this year shall be allowed to have graduation ceremony.

"Only Grade 12 learners from schools with DepEd-approved K to 12 transition plan, schools with permit to operate Senior High School since 2014, and international schools with K to 12 Program can hold graduation ceremonies," Briones explained.

Cited under DepEd Order 002 series of 2019, or the SY 2018-2019 K to 12 Basic Education Program End of School Year (EOSY) Rites.

Students from kindergarten, grade 6 and 10 can undergo moving up or completion exercises. Kindergarten will receive Kindergarten Certificate, Grade 6 learners will be receiving Elementary certificate,Grade 10 will receive Junior School Certificate while Senior High School will get SHS Diploma.

This would be the first time Grade 6 pupils will not experience Graduation Ceremony.

"There in only one basic education curriculum or program offered by DepEd - which is the K to 12 Program. Thus, there is only one graduation at basic education and that is also from the K to 12 Program," Undersecretary and Spokesperson Annalyn Sevilla explained the reason of the decision to have only one graduation rite for K-12.

"Hence, only SHSs will conduct graduation rites for qualified grade 12 students," she added.

DepEd Order will apply to both public and private schools offering K-12 including the Philippine schools overseas. Philippine schools are also advised to schedule their school year rites not earlier than April 1, 2019 nut not later than April 5, 2019. 

based on DO No. 25, s. 2018 or the "School Calendar for School Year 2018-2019. 

This year commencement exercises shall bear the theme: "Pagkakaisa sa Pagkakaiba-iba: Kalidad na Edukasyon para sa Lahat." The department also reminds that graduation rites should be simple but meaningful.

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