Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Safe Management Measures

ATTENTION

The Commencement ceremonies will proceed as planned after consulting the relevant government agencies.

Your health and wellbeing, and those of your fellow graduands as well as others attending the ceremonies, remain our top priority. Extensive Safe Management Measures (SMM) in adherence to prevailing guidelines have been put in place to ensure that the event will be conducted in safe manner.

If you or your guests are tested COVID-19 positive
  • DO NOT turn up for your ceremony until you are discharged. We seek your co-operation to isolate yourself.
  • See a doctor if you are feeling unwell.
  • Please click here for the health protocol to follow.
If you/your guests received a Health Risk Warning (HRW) from MOH because you are identified as a close contact of an infected person
  • Please DO NOT turn up for your ceremony unless you have done the ART self-test and tested negative before you leave your house for your ceremony on that day.
  • Please click here for the health protocol to follow.

Important Note: For attendees who are NOT fully vaccinated (i.e. had two doses of the approved vaccine at least 2 weeks before the ceremony date), they will also need to produce proof of a valid negative Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result done at the clinics of our appointed test vendor, Raffles Medical Group (RMG) or any MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers, within 24 hours before the end time of the ceremony.

To facilitate verification, we regret that we are unable to accept ART self-test result for this scenario. NUS will fully subsidize the cost of the ART done at RMG for attending graduates.


  1. What are the COVID-19 Safe Management Measures during NUS Commencement?
  2. When and where do my guests and I take the COVID-19 Pre-Event Test? How long will the COVID-19 Pre-Event Test result be valid?
  3. How much is a COVID-19 Pre-Event Test?
  4. Can I attend the Commencement ceremony if I do not take the COVID-19 Pre-Event Test?
  5. I have taken a COVID-19 test recently. Do I still need to take the COVID-19 Pre-Event Test?
  6. What must I do if I am tested positive through ART?
  7. I am currently not in Singapore. What must I do to attend the Commencement ceremony in person at NUS Singapore?
  8. Can NUS help to facilitate my Entry Approval into Singapore so that I can attend my ceremony?
  9. Based on the current cap on social gathering of up to 2 persons, can me and my 2 guests still able to come for the ceremony?
  10. Can me and my batchmates/other guests take photos before and after the ceremony?

Q1. What are the COVID-19 Safe Management Measures during NUS Commencement?

To mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the following safe management measures will be implemented during Commencement and must be strictly observed by all participants:

          Before the Event

  1. Register Attendance

    Graduates must register their attendance via the Education Records System (myEduRec) (Academics > Commencement Registration) by 31 August 2021.


  2. All attendees must be:
    1. Fully vaccinated under the national vaccination programme (i.e. received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty or Moderna vaccine) or any vaccines in the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL), such as Sinovac-CoronaVac, Sinopharm, and AstraZeneca, with an additional 2 weeks after the second dose for optimal protection; OR
    2. Possess a valid negative Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result*.

      *Note: If you already have a negative ART or Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR) result that is valid until the end of your assigned Commencement ceremony, you are NOT required to do a second ART. You will need to present this test result to our staff for verification during registration. Attendees who have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection within the last 270 days (before the assigned ceremony) are also considered of similarly lower risk, and not required to do the COVID-19 Pre-Event Test. You will need to present documentary proof to our staff during registration.

  3. Since the ART must be done within 24 hours before the end of the event, it is important that attendees time their test in accordance with the table below:

    If your Ceremony is Time to take the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) is
    Session 1 From 10.15 am the day before
    Session 2 From 12.45 pm the day before
    Session 3 From 3.15 pm the day before
    Session 4 From 5.45 pm the day before
    Session 5 From 8.15 pm the day before or in the morning of ceremony day
  4. Participants can take the ART at any of the appointed test providers. More details will be provided in early September 2021.

  5. For more information on the mandatory COVID-19 test, please see Q2 to Q7 below.

  6. On the Day of Ceremony

  7. Graduates to proceed to the Registration area with your guests (if any) for the following checks:
    1. Check your temperature and perform SafeEntry check-in using TraceTogether app or token.
    2. Submit a Health Declaration.
    3. Present your ID (i.e., NRIC or Passport) and proof of valid COVID-19 vaccination
      (Note: The second dose must be taken at least 2 weeks before the assigned ceremony) or a valid negative ART result.

    Graduates and guests who have passed all checks will be given a sticker. They can then proceed to the UCC Hall.

    The following measures must be strictly observed at all times:

    • Face mask must be worn throughout the event.
    • At least 1m safe distancing must be observed between individuals.
    • Participants must be seated at their assigned seats only.
    • No handshakes or other forms of physical contact is allowed on stage during the presentation of graduates.

Q2. When and where do my guests and I take the COVID-19 Pre-Event Test? How long will the COVID-19 Pre-Event Test result be valid?

The appointed test provider is Raffles Medical Group (RMG). There are two ways to book an appointment to take the ART:

  • Online Booking: Graduates/Guests who are required to take the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) can make an appointment at https://covidappt.rafflesmedicalcentre.sg/NUSART from today onwards.
  • Phone Booking: Should you encounter any issue with the online booking system, you may call 63111160 to make an appointment.

For any enquiries on the bookings or test results, you may send an email to swabresult@rafflesmedical.com or call 63111160.

The ART results are valid for 24 hours from the time of registration for the swab test and must be valid until the end of your assigned Commencement ceremony. As such, it is important that attendees time their test in accordance with the table below:

If your Ceremony is Time to take the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) is
Session 1 From 10.15 am the day before
Session 2 From 12.45 pm the day before
Session 3 From 3.15 pm the day before
Session 4 From 5.45 pm the day before
Session 5 From 8.15 pm the day before or in the morning of ceremony day

Q3. How much is a COVID-19 Pre-Event Test?

RMG is charging NUS Commencement attendees (graduates and guests) at a special rate of $22.00 nett for each Antigen Rapid Test (ART). NUS will fully subsidise the cost of the ART for all attending graduates.

Please present the email with Ceremony Details to the RMG clinics to enjoy the subsidy (for graduates) or special rate (for guests).

Q4. Can I attend the Commencement ceremony if I do not take the COVID-19 Pre-Event Test?

The following attendees will be exempted from the COVID-19 Pre-Event Test (PET):

  1. Fully-vaccinated individuals
    An individual is considered fully-vaccinated two weeks after he or she has received the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/ Comirnaty, Moderna, or any vaccines in the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL), such as Sinovac-CoronaVac, Sinopharm, and AstraZeneca. In other words, the second dose of the approved vaccine must be taken at least 2 weeks before the assigned ceremony. You will need to present proof of vaccination to our staff during registration.

  2. Unvaccinated individuals with a valid negative Pre-Event Test result
    If you already have a negative Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR) result that is valid until the end of your assigned Commencement ceremony, you are also NOT required to do a second COVID-19 test. You will need to present this test result to our staff during registration.

  3. Individuals who have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection
    Those who have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection within the last 270 days (before the assigned ceremony) are also considered of similarly lower risk, and not required to do the COVID-19 PET. You will need to present documentary proof to our staff during registration.

Individuals who are unable to fulfil the mandatory safe management measures or do not wish to attend the ceremony in person can watch the live webcast of the ceremony here.

Q5. I have taken a COVID-19 test recently. Do I still need to take the COVID-19 Pre-Event Test?

If you already have a negative Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR) result that is valid until the end of your assigned Commencement ceremony, you are NOT required to do a second COVID-19 test. You will need to present this test result to our staff during registration.

Q6. What must I do if I am tested positive through ART?

Please click here for the correct protocol to follow.

Q7. I am currently not in Singapore. What must I do to attend the Commencement ceremony in person at NUS Singapore?

Your attendance at the in-person Commencement ceremony is subject to your ability to enter Singapore. Due to the fluid COVID-19 situation globally, Singapore’s border control and health measures are subject to changes at any time. Information on the latest measures regarding entry into Singapore can be found at the following webpages:

Graduates and their guests, who can travel to Singapore and plan to attend the Commencement ceremony, are advised to factor in the time required for approval of their entry into Singapore, pre-departure and/or arrival swab test, Stay-Home Notice or isolation period, and other applicable conditions imposed by the authorities.

Q8. Can NUS help to facilitate my Entry Approval into Singapore so that I can attend my ceremony?

We have been advised that applications for Entry Approvals (EA) are to be made directly to the relevant authorities who will then make a decision based on prevailing circumstances and conditions. NUS, unfortunately, is not in a position to facilitate approvals on behalf of those intending to enter Singapore.

If you are employed by a Singapore-registered company but overseas currently, you may wish to enquire with the HR department in your company for more information on the application process for EAs.

We seek your understanding on the matter as the EA application process is based on a strict government protocols which we have to adhere to.

Q9. Based on the current cap on social gathering of up to 2 persons, can me and my 2 guests still able to come for the ceremony?

The 2-person rule does not apply to the Commencement event. Graduates and guests are seated separately (not in threes) and in different zones. Each zone is capped at 50 persons each and there will not be more than 10 zones in the hall in order to keep the total number of attendees not exceeding 500 persons.

Q10. Can me and my batchmates/other guests take photos before and after the ceremony?

Photo taking is not encouraged to minimise intermingling of crowd. If really need to take photo, one must comply with the prevailing safe management measures (i.e. maximum 2 persons, keep 1m safe distance apart from each other and with mask on).

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