2018 Graduation Theme (Department of Education)

2018 Graduation Theme (Department of Education)
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2018 Graduation Theme. Hooray! Our students out there are surely excited about the momentous episode of their academic life ahead – the 2018 Graduation.

On the part of the parents and sponsors, of course, there must be a celebration of success as financial and other sacrifices have come to pay off, at least for the meantime. Then again, for many, this has just marked the beginning of seemingly bigger challenges that students and parents alike will soon face.


2018 Graduation Theme: “Mag-aaral ng K to 12: Handa sa Hamon ng Buhay (K to 12 Learners: Ready to Face Life’s Challenges)”

As highlighted in the DO 06, s. 2018 – School Year 2017-2018 K to 12 Basic Education Program End of School Year Rites published on DepEd official website:

(1) For School Year (SY) 2017-2018, the Department of Education (DepEd) announces the conduct of the following End of School Year Rites:

  • Kindergarten: Moving Up or Completion Ceremony
  • Grade 6: Graduation Ceremony
  • Grade 10: Moving Up or Completion Ceremony
  • Grade 12: Graduation Ceremony

(2) The 2018 ceremonies shall focus on the theme: Mag-aaral ng K to 12: Handa sa Hamon ng Buhay (K to 12 Learners: Ready to Face Life’s Challenges). Schools, divisions, or regions may translate the theme in Mother Tongue. This theme highlights the role of K to 12 Basic Education Program in harnessing the skills and competencies of the Filipino learners to face life’s challenges.

(3) As announced in Enclosure No. 1 of DepEd Order (DO) No. 25, s. 2017 entitled School Calendar for School Year 2017-2018, the end of school year rites should be scheduled not earlier than April 2, 2018 but not later than April 6, 2018. Schools, divisions, or regions with an extended school year will have to be guided by their approved revised school calendar.

(4) All Grade 12 learners are required to take the Basic Education Exit Assessment (BEEA) which will be conducted before April 6, 2018. Details of the examination will be issued on a separate memorandum.

(5) In line with the government’s austerity program, DepEd reiterates the following policies:

  • Graduation rites should be simple but meaningful which encourage civil rights, a sense of community, and personal responsibility. While these rites mark a milestone in the life of the learners, these should be conducted without excessive spending, extravagant attire, or extraordinary venue;
  • Moving Up or Closing Ceremonies should be simple involving only the learners, their parents and the school; and,
  • Non-academic projects such as attendance to field trips, film showing, junior-senior promenade, and other school events should not be imposed as requirements for graduation or completion…Read more…

Sample Speech Manuscripts

While 2018 graduation theme has already been released, here are some worth-reading excerpts from the previous graduation speech manuscripts also published here:

(a) Call me a graduate in a nonsensical fashion, and I will strip off this ceremonial robe, and simply walk out, for the idea of graduation devoid of sense classically implies a good riddance of the daunting EOP recitation in our English class, a surcease of the hundred-page ink-draining notes in Filipino, and a denouement of a treasure-hunt drama in Math (to find the value of x, just because our teacher could not move on from his own past) … 2017 Graduation Speech: Sabay-Sabay na Hakbang Tungo sa Maunland na Kinabukasan (Click link to read full speech manuscript.)

(b) In your ordinary days at these late afternoon hours, you can be found rowing your boats and circling fishnets in the seas; you can be heard with friendly loud cries by passersby and barrio acquaintances as you drive your carabaos home after a day of plowing the healthy fields or reaping the stalks of golden grains of sweat and blood; you can be spotted walking down a marble mine powdered with white marble dust; you can be seen in sari-sari stores lively conversing with close neighbors and friends; and some are just observed in their leisure and rush hours … 2012 Graduation Speech: Your Gift of Learning, Our Tool for Nation Building (Click link to read full speech manuscript.)

(c) Speech manuscript based on the 2018 graduation theme is available here!


Other Readings for Graduating Students