Given the limitations and hindrances brought by the current situation of the global pandemic, virtual graduation and moving-up ceremonies were brought up as a solution to the conflict of mass gatherings and social distancing.
Last May 13, 2020, the Department of Education in partnership with Microsoft, launches its first virtual ‘graduation-in-a-box’ program titled #Hello2020Graduates. Powered by Microsoft 365, schools of public and private sectors are given a chance to hold moving up and commencement exercises online.
Alongside virtual ceremonies is the official graduation message of DepEd Secretary Leonor “Liling” Mirasol Magtolis-Briones posted on the official page of DepEd:
“My warmest greetings and congratulations to the graduates and completers of the School Year 2019-2020.https://www.deped.gov.ph/2020/04/08/secretarys-message-on-the-graduation-moving-up-ceremonies-for-school-year-2019-2020/
Graduation and moving up ceremonies are significant occasions for the graduates and completing learners as these mark the milestones of your educational achievement. May these occasions inspire you to study harder for the fulfillment of your dreams and aspirations. Life may constantly offer you challenges, but you have to forge on.
I salute the teachers, our unsung heroes, for molding the minds of our Filipino youth and producing among these learners the much-needed knowledge and competencies under the K to 12 Basic Education Program. Hours may be long and the prescribed duties may be exhausting, but shaping the future of these youth will definitely improve their lives.
To the parents, we thank you for your sacrifices in attending to the needs of your children. Your guidance and support have helped build their confidence in themselves. You have exerted a powerful influence on their overall development.
The theme of this year’s end-of-school rites (EOSR), “Sulong EduKalidad: Championing the Nation’s Future” is consistent with the Department’s call for national effort towards quality basic education.
DepEd is committed to providing you with 21st century skills through the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education. We continuously strive to institute reforms in our educational system to ensure that you become globally competitive and able to meet the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Sama-sama tayo sa pagsulong ng EduKalidad! Mabuhay”