“Hindi Natitinag ang Pusong Pilipino” is the 2014 graduation theme, as announced by Deped together with the department order on Graduation Rites guidelines for this year’s school end.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro explained that the theme pays “homage to the resilience of the Filipino spirit and its triumphs over the recent string of calamities it conquered over the school year.”
“While the graduation rites mark a milestone in every learner, we should keep it prudent and economical. Extravagant attires and venues are not necessary to make an impression, the important thing is we send the message of nationalism, excellence and resilience to every graduate,” Luistro added.
Simple graduation ceremonies should be scheduled March 27 or 28 this year as earlier scheduled in the School Calendar for SY 2013-2014.
The guidelines also reiterated that non-academic activities such as attendance to field trips and JS Promenade should not be imposed as a prerequisite to graduation. DepEd also said that while Parents and Teachers Associations (PTAs) may opt to give cash or in-kind donations, public school personnel are not allowed to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution to any student at any grade or year level.
Here’s the full department order on graduation rites: