Change the time of OSB/FHS/FAFS graduation ceremonies to 8 pm

Change the time of OSB/FHS/FAFS graduation ceremonies to 8 pm

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Jenny Rawass started this petition to AUB Administration and

To 2020 AUB graduates, especially FAFS, FHS and OSB students. In a previous e-mail sent by President Fadlo Khuri, it was stated that our faculties’ graduation ceremonies might be held on September 7 and 8 at 9:00 am. September 7 and 8 are a Monday and Tuesday, this means that our parents, in this current economical collapse, will be required by AUB to take a day off from work to attend their children’s graduation. Students (me included) who are working or doing internships, are also required to take a day off to attend their own graduation. I’m not sure exactly how those who don’t live in Beirut will be able to take appointments and get ready and make it by 9 am (not sure who will be open before 8 am anw) but I guess we’ll just have to see if they make it on time to their graduation (keeping in mind that it’s a weekday morning which is peak work traffic time). An email was sent on behalf of FAFS students and the reply was that “it is not feasible to make any changes”. Apparently this decision was made according to faculty size, crowd size, early morning to avoid mid-day heat, etc. While we can understand the reasons for their decision, it is still completely inconvenient. Parents and students from FAS and FEA will not be required to take a day off or face the struggles of having a graduation that early in the morning. Their ceremonies are to be held at 8pm where they can all take their time, enjoy the nice breeze and not worry about anything other than graduation itself (which is already very overwhelming!). After such a challenging year and especially now, I’m sure many of us were looking forward to making this last special memory with our colleagues and especially our families.

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