On February 14, 2013, the Department of Education (DepEd) issued DepEd Order No. 9, s. 2013 entitled 2013 Graduation Rites. Paragraph 2(b) of the said Order states that: "PTAs may give donations in cash or in kind for the graduation ceremonies."
The 2013 Graduation Rites shall focus on the theme Building the Nation’s Future Leaders Through the K to 12 Basic Education Program or the K to 12 Basic Education Program-Tungo sa Paghuhubog ng mga Makabagong Lider ng Bansa. It should be scheduled either on March 18 or 19, 2013.