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Hanggang kelan grad-waiting? Ateneo De Manila eyes combined or no commencement rites

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Students of Ateneo De Manila University’s (ADMU) Batch 2020 will not have the chance to don their togas and receive their diploma anytime soon.

The commencement rites scheduled on May 29 and 30 will not be pushing through due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the school said.

In a memo dated April 7, ADMU Vice President for Loyola Schools Maria Luz Vilches said they are looking at three possible scenarios for the graduation ceremony. She said the first option will be to hold the event in October 2020, when the COVID-19 crisis would have presumably eased.

“We hope that all shall be well by then and we could come together for onsite graduation ceremonies like we normally d0: 2 schools each time spread out in two days. Other possibilities are graduation ceremonies per school or per department or per program spread out in two weeks,” Vilches said.

Another option will be to hold the commencement exercises in May 2021, with batches 2020 and 2021 attending the ceremonies.

Vilches said the third option will be to cancel the graduation rites altogether.

“Many universities abroad have cancelled graduation ceremonies altogether. This is our last option and we hope the circumstances will not draw us towards it,” she said.

Vilches said all graduating students of ADMU will be given P or “pass” marks in all of their courses. However, they can request for letter grades for their second semester subjects if they want.

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