CEAP: Make graduation rites simple

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MANILA, Feb. 20, 2013— Graduation is a memorable experience for students, to be sure, but should not be stripped of its real essence by turning it into a fashion show, an official of Catholic educators said.

As the end of the school year just a month away, Catholic schoolteachers and principals were reminded to keep the graduation ceremonies simple but meaningful.

Fr. Gregg Bañaga, president of the Catholic Educational of the Philippines (CEAP), that graduation should be held as something that students will cherish for many years without necessarily spending much.

The CEAP official admitted that some parents and students are already complaining of some amounts that they have to shell out for graduation rites expenses.

“Let’s make our graduation ceremonies simple because some parents are already complaining of lavish graduation rites,” Bañaga told Manila archdiocese-run Radyo Veritas.

“Life is hard. It’s so difficult to find money for graduation fees. Let’s not turn our graduation ceremony into a pageant or fashion show,” he added.

Bañaga made the statement Wednesday as he expressed support to the Department of Education’s “Spartan campaign” in holding graduation rites.

He also said that yearly Junior-Senior prom of high school students should not be simple too and not to burden students and their families with unnecessary fees.

“Actually it’s not important but it has become a tradition to them but if it can keep away from it, then they should avoid it,” he said. (CBCPNews)

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