Education office urges simple, memorable graduation rites

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012


THE director of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Western Visayas reminded public schools to hold simple but memorable graduation rites.

DepEd Regional Director Dr. Mildred Garay confirmed that classes in public elementary and high schools will end on March 30 and that graduation rites could be held March 28 or beyond March 30.

"As a policy, we don't encourage so much collection and contribution for graduation exercises. If there are contributions, it must be approved first by the parents. We don't encourage balls or hold graduation rites and graduation balls at the hotels," she said.

There are about 200,000 graduating elementary and 100,000 high school students all over Western Visayas.

Garay met with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. at the Capitol on Monday about the preparations of the incoming Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet, which will be held in the Negros Occidental and Bacolod City on March 12 to 18.

The sports event is expected to gather more than a thousand athletes from the six provinces in Region 6.

Invited as guest speaker during the opening ceremony is Filipino boxing hero Representative Manny Pacquiao. Negrense boxing champion Donnie was also invited to speak during the sports forum.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 28, 2012.

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