Palau Community College graduation today marks the beginning of the graduations for all schools in Palau and the end of the 2020-21 school year.
All schools are able to complete on schedule due to the fact that Palau did not experience a COVID case or a suspected case through-out this school year. Schools were able to conduct in classroom instruction without disruption.
The country’s closed borders ensured continued regular schooling even though all schools were preparing themselves for possible remote learning should medical emergency called for it.
High school graduations and elementary school promotions start this 14th and end on the 30th of this month. (See graduation and promotion schedule on page 4 of this issue of Island Times.)
Total number of students graduating today at the Palau’s only secondary education institute, Palau Community College is 147. Out of 147, 105 are graduating with Associate Degrees, 29 are graduating with Bachelors Degrees and 13 are graduating with high school diplomas from the Adult High School program.
Total number of students graduating from all five high schools is 182. 244 students from elementary schools are promoted to high school.
Meanwhile, many students that graduated high school in 2019-20 school year were unable to leave to colleges outside of Palau because of COVID. Many that were accepted to colleges in the United States had to come up with new plans with some choosing to take classes at the Palau Community College. This year, with vaccination roll out and opening of borders, more high school students may be able to fulfill their goals of going to colleges of their dreams. (By: L.N. Reklai)