The Department of Education (DepEd) is “positive” that in-person graduation rites would be held later this year.

In a press release, the DepEd quoted Education Secretary Leonor Briones as saying that risk level assessments would play a huge part in the possibility of face-to-face (F2F) graduation ceremonies.

“Yung risk assessment natin sa mga different regions, sa mga different schools ay nag-improve. Pag nagtuloy-tuloy ito, the chances of being allowed to conduct face-to-face graduation also increases. Sunod-sunod yan pag nag-opening ka ng classes, nag face-to-face (classes) ka, physical graduation rites are also possible,” Briones said.

“Ang hope lang natin, hindi maabutan ang graduation season natin ng hindi magandang balita (increase in Covid cases/alert level) kung may biglang pagbabago,” she added.

The DepEd said the Office of the Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction had started planning and developing guidelines on F2F graduation activities.

The DepEd has started resuming F2F classes in several regions of the country as Covid-19 cases started to decrease earlier in the year.

In-person basic education classes are allowed under Alert Level 1 and 2. John Ezekiel J. Hirro