COVID-19: ITE, polytechnics cancel graduation ceremonies

Students on campus at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)
Ngee Ann Polytechnic. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

SINGAPORE — The five polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) have decided to cancel this year’s graduation ceremonies, which were scheduled to take place in May and July.

This is due to the heightened safe-distancing measures imposed by the Singapore government amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In a joint media statement on Monday (6 April), the educational institutions said that the cancellation will affect about 26,000 graduands from the five polytechnics, as well as 6,500 graduands from ITE.

“Graduation ceremonies are milestone events, and it is with a heavy heart that we have now had to make a decision that will understandably disappoint our graduands, their families and lecturers,” the media statement said.

“Given the challenging situation we are in, we trust that everyone concerned will understand that we decided this in the best interests of our students, their families and the community.”

Arrangements will be made for diplomas, certificates and transcripts to be delivered to the graduands.

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