2,000 Pattaya students graduate together at stadium ceremony

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More than 2,000 Pattaya school children received graduation certificates from Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome during a mass ceremony at the Eastern National Indoor Stadium.

Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon and Education Department Director Jintana Maensurin joined the mayor on stage at the March 18 graduation event for all 11 Pattaya public schools.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome presents a graduation certificate to one of over 2,000 students on March 18 at Pattaya’s at Indoor Stadium.Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome presents a graduation certificate to one of over 2,000 students on March 18 at Pattaya’s at Indoor Stadium.

In all, 940 students moving between Prathom grades, 1,117 students from junior Mattayom and 193 students from senior Mattayom received certificates.

The ceremony was divided into two phases with certificates presented to kindergarten graduates in the morning and the afternoon devoted to junior Mattayom and senior Mattayom.

“The graduation ceremony is an activity that we give much importance as encouragement for education,” Itthiphol said. “Students have to utilize their skills and put in effort to complete their courses. Youths are determined to succeed and the success, apart from allowing students to feel proud of themselves, also creates the feeling of pride for their families. Therefore, Pattaya organized this ceremony as a way to congratulate and honor youths’ success.”

Parent Phawarin Potthai, 32, was there with her daughter Ladapha Tharaworakitmetha, who graduated from kindergarten at Pattaya School No. 7.

“I am very excited because this is my first child and her grades are good,” Phawarin said. “I have planned for my daughter to receive the best education possible and will not force her to study anything she does not like since I believe that these things can’t be forced and she will choose what she likes.”