The commencement exercises for the graduating Philippine Military Academy (PMA) "Masidlawin" Class of 2020 have been set for May 22, but parents and guests will not be allowed to attend to spare cadets from being infected with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), officials said on Thursday.

The only time the PMA had to cancel its graduation was during World War II. According to the PMA yearbook, Academy Scribe, Class of 1941 was unable to complete four years of training when the Japanese Imperial Army bombed Camp John Hay after attacking Pearl Harbor on Dec. 8, 1941.

"The members of Class of 1942 stand as the only class which was not able to experience the joy of graduation," the Scribe said. PMA alumni referred to this group as "the class to remember."

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