Drive-through graduation

A pupil of SJK(C) Li Tek B attending 'drive thru' graduation ceremony at the school in Lintang Macallum in George Town, Penang. (December 20,2020). - ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

DESPITE having no official graduation ceremony this year, Year Six pupil Loo Hui Qin got to have a unique and unforgettable experience with a drive-through graduation at Penang’s SJK (C) Li Tek B in Lorong Macallum.

The 12-year-old arrived in her family car decorated with balloons and was welcomed by the school teachers and staff during the event.

“This is a special experience and it will definitely be a precious memory to me.

“Although my friends and I do not have the opportunity to enjoy a proper graduation ceremony, we are excited and happy with this drive-through experience.

“It will be a one-of-a-kind memory for me in future if things ever return to normal, ” she said during the ceremony on Sunday.

Hui Qin was among 33 pupils of SJK (C) Li Tek B who graduated through the special ceremony.

During the event, the pupils collected their graduation certificates and documents at the drive-through stop in front of the school.

The school headmaster, Ch’ng Soon Lee, said 17 boys and 16 girls attended the drive-through ceremony.

“This ceremony is not an official one, but as we are not allowed to hold events or gatherings in line with Health Ministry’s standard operating procedures (SOP), we came up with this.

“This is to make up for the official graduation ceremony which the students are supposed to enjoy, and their most anticipated graduation trip which was cancelled as well.

“We wanted to give them an experience and graduation memory at least, so we prepared this drive-through ceremony, ” he said.

Ch’ng said the idea behind the ceremony was to minimise contact and crowd gatherings.

“We conducted virtual learning earlier when schools closed and set up a drive-through station here at the school for students to drop off their completed homework.

“So we thought we could put the drive-through station to use for this purpose as well, ” he added.

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