A separate commencement for Spring 2020 graduates at Arizona State University.

A separate commencement for Spring 2020 graduates at Arizona State University.

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Ebonee Robinson started this petition to Arizona State University and

Hello,

My name is Ebonee Robinson and I am a part of the Spring class of 2020 at Arizona State University. Like many others, I will be the first in my family to graduate college and I have worked tremendously hard to make this happen.

Due to COVID-19 many celebratory events have been canceled, pushed back, or even moved over to a virtual platform. The students at Arizona State University have worked hard to get to this point of celebrating all of their hard work at graduation surrounded by family and friends this May. Unfortunately, the format of commencement has been changed and students have been given new options to celebrate their achievements. On April 2, 2020, President Michael Crow sent out an email stating "We will celebrate and we will honor what you have accomplished online this May". Michael Crow also informed us all that "For those who wish to do so, the opportunity to participate in person will be available for Spring 2020 graduates in both December 2020 and again in May 2021". 

While we appreciate Arizona State University providing alternatives during this time, many of us have expressed great disappointment. I am proposing that a separate commencement in the upcoming summer is granted to Spring 2020 graduates of Arizona State University. We do not deserve to have to celebrate our academic achievements in front of a computer screen or to be grouped with other students who are not a part of our specific Spring graduating class.

We did the work, we deserve our own proper celebration like everyone else.

Thank you.

 

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