BECAUSE of the hullabaloo brought by the pandemic, the celebration for the graduation of our learners has been set aside with almost all schools conducting their graduation ceremonies via online.
As Department of Education Secretary Lionor Briones said through the department's youtube channel, "this year has not been very easy, has not been a picnic for our teachers, for our family members, especially the parents, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and all who have contributed to the achievement of our learners at this time."
Sec. Briones also said in her message to the graduates which was posted on the department's website: "On behalf of the Department of Education (DepEd), I am honored to be part of the accomplishments and milestones of this year’s graduating batch. Despite being tested in an extraordinary time, our learners persevered and made valuable gains for their future,"
Indeed, this is an extraordinary time for all of us, yet still our students persisted to achieve their dream of finishing their studies, getting a job, and finally earning their own keep.
But still, this is an extraordinary time when almost all of the industries are gravely affected and companies can barely sustain their businesses, much more opening up for employment.
But it does not mean we should lose our hope as being said, this is an extraordinary time and it will not last as all the other extraordinary times do.
As sec. Briones said, "While this historic season gave unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, I am confident that this new breed of Filipino nation-builders -- one that has experienced unusual obstacles -- will be vital in moving the country for the years to come."
As the cliche goes, "no pressure, no diamonds."
Indeed, the pandemic may have brought both ugly and good things to all of us.
For this year's graduates, this may not be a great time for employment but it does not mean no opportunities can be found in the middle of adversaries.
With vaccines against Covid-19 come pouring into our country, we are one step moving forward from an extraordinary time to a good time.
Although there is the challenge of encouraging more Filipinos to have themselves vaccinated, the fact that the protection against Covid-19 is already here and we can get a hold of it if we want to.
With this, may our graduates be able to see the silver lining in the horizon and be able to proceed to achieving their dream job.
Congratulations, Class 2020-2021!