The show must go on for Class of 2020 graduates

Syazwani Hj Rosli

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has assured that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, graduation ceremonies can still be conducted. However, alternatives are still being considered as to how to mark the event for the Class of 2020.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman announced this at a press conference yesterday.

“Various scenarios have been discussed including postponing the graduation ceremony date or conducting the ceremony virtually. This matter is still being evaluated, but it is certain, Insya Allah, there will be a graduation ceremony. These students need to mark the completion of their studies before looking for jobs,” he said.

The MoE is still deciding the dates and how to conduct the event, taking into consideration the mass gathering regulations.

With regard to the Discovery Year (DY) for university students, the minister said the DY is ongoing as it can be conducted domestically. Overseas DY programmes are being put on hold and are still being analysed until after the matter is resolved.

“This does not mean that there is no DY; the students can always do their DY here through various initiatives, or community work or field they want to explore.”