- Students of the Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School in Taguig City were able to attend their graduation through the first-ever “Cyber-Graduation Ceremonies”
- Toga-wearing robots received the diplomas in behalf of the 179 graduates
- The ceremony was shown via Facebook Liv
eon May 22
The ongoing quarantine did not stop a public high school in Taguig City from celebrating their students’ milestone. Thanks to a robot, the students virtually received their medals and awards during their graduation rites.
Students of the Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (SRCC) in Taguig City were able to attend their graduation through the first-ever “Cyber-Graduation Ceremonies” in the city.
Following a “new normal” program, the school’s officials presented the graduates in a real graduation ceremony with robots representing the students. Footage of the graduates’ families was displayed on the LED screen within the auditorium while the graduates watched from home via Facebook Liv
Clad in the usual graduation gown, the robots bearing the picture of each of the graduates received the diplomas, awards, and medals on behalf of the 179 students of the school.
“Later, in separate rites at Taguig’s 24 public elementary and 12 other public high schools, the same robots will receive the diplomas in lieu of nearly 17,000 other graduates,” the Taguig City government said in a statement.
It was bared that the ceremonies are part of Taguig’s Safe City initiative, which helps the city undertake its programs with minimum health standards conforming with COVID-19 protocols.
“We know how deeply symbolic a graduation ceremony is for graduates and their parents,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano. “This is why we came up with a program that can help them celebrate their accomplishment while respecting health standards and policies during the COVID-19 community quarantines.”
Interestingly, the robots were made by SRCC’s very own whiz kids from Taguig Robotics Team, a group of SRCC students who won several gold medals at international tilts. The Taguig Robotics Team developed four remote-controlled robots fully made with recycled materials.
Cayetano said the 16,923 graduates of Batch 2020 will also receive incentives from the Taguig City government.
“We wanted to incentivize their achievements. Thus, we decided to give them cash incentives that can be beneficial to their families in these difficult times,” Cayetano said.
Under the cash incentive program, 12,931 Grade 6 graduates will receive P1,000 each while P1,500 will go to 3,276 Grade 12 graduates. Top 1 students in the 24 public elementary schools and 13 public high schools in Taguig will receive P15,000 each. Those who came in second will get P12,500.
The rest of the Top 10 will receive P5,000 in Grade 6 and P7,500 in Grade 12. Those who took first place in their sections will also get incentives of their own. Some 269 Grade 6 graduates will get P2,500 each and 77 Grade 12 graduates will get P5,000 each, the mayor said.