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UI Graduation Exercise Change Ires Seniors

Full column here; related UI Argonaut editorial here

It has recently been disclosed to students at the University of Idaho that graduation ceremonies in individual colleges are no longer permitted and will not be held. Instead, the UI administration has decreed that there will be one, and only one, ceremony. This will take place at the Kibbie Dome, and will include all students graduating from all colleges in the university. The individual colleges were given no choice nor permitted any input in this matter: it was decided upon in (evidently) private meetings, and the colleges and departments were notified only after the decision had been made. Once more, our esteemed administration has managed to make a decision that, while involving and affecting hundreds of university students, does not remotely address our needs, desires or best interests. This decision was made because far too many students were attending their college ceremonies and not the university ceremony, resulting in less-than-desired attendance at the latter. Naturally, this was and is unacceptable to the powers that be, for its unflattering appearance to the media, the state and the public — Genyce Hansen, UI Argonaut.

Question: Shouldn’t the University of Idaho administration find out what graduates want and then tailor commencement exercises to them?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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