MANILA - Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro on Tuesday reminded school administrators to keep graduation rites simple to maintain the solemnity of the occasion.
In a statement released Tuesday, DepEd announced this year's theme for the graduation rites for all public and private schools nationwide.
This year's theme "Hindi Natitinag ang Pusong Pilipino", focuses on the resilience of the Filipinos and to pay homage to the people's triumphs over the recent string of calamities it conquered over the school year.
"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," Luistro added.
DepEd also scheduled this year's graduation rites either on the 27th or 28th of March.
For regions or school divisions which extended their academic year due to natural or man-made calamities, the rites should be scheduled based on their respective revised school calendars as approved by DepEd.
The education department also reminded school administrators not to impose attendance to non-academic activities such as field trips, junior-senior promenades, or graduation balls as prerequisite to graduation.
It also reiterated that public school personnel are not allowed to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution from any student at any grade or year level.