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Saipan Tribune: NMC graduation postponed (April 22, 2020)

The Northern Marianas College has decided to postpone its graduation ceremony due to the COVID-19 threat and the social distancing directive implemented by the CNMI government.

According to an email that NMC interim president Frankie Eliptico sent to all students, NMC’s annual commencement ceremony, which was originally scheduled for May 23, is officially postponed until December 2020.

However, NMC is looking at a virtual ceremony to provide some form of recognition for graduating students. “We recognize that it is important to acknowledge this important milestone and to celebrate the achievement. We will be providing some information in the next few days about a virtual recognition activity,” Eliptico said.

The Public School System has also opted to postpone its graduation ceremony, but discussions have been ongoing about how they can provide a graduation for the Class of 2020 despite the current challenges wrought by COVID-19.

Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said that, because the drive-thru method has proven successful in the past with the Child Nutrition Program meal distribution as an example, PSS administration is looking at drive-thru diploma distributions.

Although the drive-thru diploma distribution is still on the planning stages, Ada said there is still a possibility that seniors will have their graduation, even if it might be later in the year, around August or October.

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