# DepEd: Graduation Rites 2017 should be simple and non-political, expenses charged to the school MOOE | DEPED TAMBAYAN PH DEPED TAMBAYAN


The Department of Education (DepEd) has set out the guidelines for the end of school year rites both in public and private elementary and secondary schools nationwide with emphasis on simple and non-political graduation rites.

Based on DepEd Order No. 8 series of 2017, the education agency stated that all graduation ceremonies should be scheduled on or before April 7, 2017 and that the rites should be simple, solemn and meaningful events.

The 2017 ceremonies shall focus on the theme Sabay-Sabay na Hakbang Tungo sa Maunlad na Kinabukasan. This theme highlights the importance of the concerted endeavor and collaborative efforts of the stakeholders and learners in achieving the shared vision of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all. It emphasizes the significance of unity in forging a better and progressive future for the Filipino youth.

In line with the government's austerity program, DepEd reiterates that graduation rites should  be conducted without excessive spending, extravagant attire, or extraordinary venue.
It also emphasized that non-academic projects such as attendance to field trips, film showing, junior-senior promenade and other school events should not be imposed as requirements for graduation or completion.

Expenses relative to the activity should be charged to the school Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses under the 2017 Budget. 

Any DepEd personnel should not be allowed to collect any graduation/moving up/closing ceremony fees or any kind of contribution;


“No DepEd personnel should be allowed to collect any graduation/moving up/closing ceremony fees or any kind of contribution,” Briones said.

Moreover, Parent-Teachers Association may give donations in cash or in kind; and that contribution for the annual yearbook, if any, should be on a voluntary basis.

To maintain the neutrality and non-partisanship of schools, the graduation ceremonies should not be made a venue for political activity or campaigning. “The end of school year 2015-2016 rites should be an   appropriate and solemn ceremony befitting the learners and their parents and shall not be used as a political forum,” Luistro added.

Grade 6 learners who will complete elementary education will get their elementary certificate in a graduation ceremony. Grade 10 learners who will complete junior high school will go through a moving up or completion ceremony and get their junior high school certificate.

Grade 12 learners from schools with DepEd-approved K to 12 transition plan; those who graduated from schools with a permit to operate Senior High School in school year 2014; and those who graduated in International Schools with K to 12 program will all get high school diploma in a graduation ceremony.

The 2016 graduation ceremonies shall focus on the theme Kabataang Mula K to 12, Tagapagdala ng Kaunlaran sa Bansang Pilipinas. The theme highlights K to 12 Basic Education Program as a transformative vehicle for local and national development.


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