Ateneo de Davao University postpones graduation, moving-up rites over COVID-19 threat

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The management of Ateneo de Davao University on Tuesday announced it has decided to postpone its traditional graduation, recognition, and moving-up ceremonies for all its students as a precaution against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement posted on the school’s website, the decision was reached after “careful consideration and consultation with key stakeholders.”

The university said the move also heeds the guidelines issued by the government of Davao City which mandates “the postponement of recognition and graduation activities until the public emergency is lifted or withdrawn.”

“The University understands the disappointment this may cause and we deeply regret the inconvenience,” it said.

“The safety and well-being of all students, families, teachers, and staff are paramount,” it added.

The school said it will announce the new schedules of commencement exercises of each unit, from Grade School to the College of Law, “after the public health emergency is over.”

The management asked for understanding and cooperation, and enjoined the public to keep safe and healthy to contain the spread of the infection.

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