The Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has decided to postpone its graduation ceremonies, usually held towards the end of November.
This decision was made in light of the current COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings, imposed by Malta’s health authorities earlier this year.
Only yesterday, the University of Malta also confirmed that its graduation ceremonies have been postponed in a bid to avoid having to exclude friends and family.
“We have taken the difficult decision to postpone the graduation ceremonies after careful consideration and consultation with the health authorities and the MCAST student council,” MCAST principal and CEO Joachin James Calleja said.
Around 680 students were scheduled to attend fourteen graduation ceremonies over the coming weeks.
A new date for the ceremonies will be communicated to students in 2021, although this is subject to government guidelines and social distancing.
“The graduation ceremony is the highlight of the college’s academic year and more importantly, the culmination of the students’ hard work and learning journey,” Calleja continued.
“However in the current situation, it is crucial to minimise risks to our community and to postpone large ceremonies to a date when students can fully celebrate their achievements with family, friends, and lecturers.”
In the meantime, students have been provided with transcripts so that they can progress with their studies and/or career.