Even though the world is suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the local government unit (LGU) of Taguig City didn’t fail to come up with another plan to conduct graduation ceremonies for students.
They decided to hold a graduation ceremony using robots. May 22, Friday, afternoon, the first ones who underwent the cyber-graduation were the 179 students from Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (SRCC).
Robots were made recycled materials salvaged from previous projects and from a junkshop and were controlled by the former SRCC robotics team.
It can be seen on the headless robots that a tablet was attached on its neck, showing the face of the students. The graduation was attended by the DepEd chief of Taguig City, Dr. George Tizon and other school officials. Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano, the commencement speaker made his speech to the graduating class online.
“Here, we see beyond the restriction and launch a pioneering use of technology to rightfully mark the hardships of our graduates and their parents. We refuse to let Covid-19 diminish the value of this momentous event. We know how deeply symbolic a graduation ceremony is for graduates and their parents,” Cayetano said in his video message.
“We know how deeply symbolic a graduation ceremony is for graduates and their parents,” Tizon said. “This is why we came up with a technology that can help them celebrate their accomplishment while respecting minimum health standards and without breaking policies that prohibit mass gatherings.”