If the students cannot go on stage to receive their diploma, then the stage will go to the students.
Teachers in Camarines Norte set up mobile graduation for their elementary students amid the general community quarantine (GCQ).
In order to still adhere to social distancing and other health safety protocols under the GCQ, teachers of Bagasbas Elementary School in Daet, Camarines Norte set up a tricycle with a back-drop and went to the students’ houses.
According to Neri Rieza, Principal of Bagasbas Elementary School, students can only have one elementary graduation so they want their students to experience it amid the limitations of the GCQ.
“Ang lagi po nating nakikita ay nasa stage sila, tumatanggap ng certificate o diploma na hindi nararanasan ngayon. Kaya po sabi ko dapat gumawa ng paraan (What we can always see is the students are on stage receiving their certificate or diploma which they cannot experience now. That’s why I said we must find ways),” she said.
Around 86 students graduated under the mobile graduation ceremony.
Rain Ashley Sureta, one of the graduates, expressed her happiness after graduating. She also wants to become a teacher someday.
“Masayang masaya po kasi makakaranas ako ng graduation, matagal ko na po kasi pinapangarap na makagraduate (I am very happy to graduate, I have been dreaming about this for a long time),“ she said.
Mobile graduation only proves that milestones can still be celebrated while facing challenges. –AAC (with reports from Allan Manansala)