Scaled down graduations in RMI

Ebeye Jabro Private School graduates spent quality time at Linamakko’s restaurant last Sunday following their blessing ceremony at the United Church of Christ. Clockwise from top: Jebsin Clement, Neiram Maudrik, Fred Harry, Tarose Morelik, Youmie Wonne, Clayton Lanwi, Elwina Anton, Nicka Tawoj, Leland Sailas and Pauline Riner. Photo: Hilary Hosia.

WILMER JOEL

Most schools in the RMI have either not held graduations this month, or have smaller, “invitation” events.

The College of the Marshall Islands over the last 27 years of its existence has produced many memorable and unforgettable graduations. But this year’s graduation will be different.

It will still follow a graduation format, but the audience will be smaller than the usual large event that takes over the CMI basketball court and a large segment of the ocean side road.

The change is in response to the coronavirus and the Public School System’s directive against holding graduations and the government’s discouragement of large gatherings. According to college representatives, CMI will have a private graduation ceremony, only for families and friends that are invited by the graduates.

The graduation, normally held the third week of May, has been scheduled for May 28, at CMI’s campus.

The graduation will be broadcast live on CMI’s Facebook page and aired on radio V7AB, so that those that aren’t present and not invited to the graduation can get access to the graduation virtually.

Despite the Covid-19 situation, the school didn’t want to entirely ignore this year’s graduation. They want to do whatever they can, to make sure that the students hard work and dedication is noticed and recognized among their families, friends, and the people of the Marshall Islands.

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