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Carlos Albizu University: Stop Printing Diplomas in Latin and Re-Print Diplomas in English

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We the undersigned are excited that Carlos Albizu University aspires to the ranks of Ivy League Schools. However, we vehemently oppose the printing of our diplomas in Latin. We are united in this petition to the University, its administration, and Board of Trustees to take immediate action to:

(1)   End the policy of diplomas automatically printed in Latin.

(2)   Re-print diplomas in English for those who received Latin diplomas.

(3)    Provide graduates an option in advance allowing them, if they so choose, to have their degree printed in Latin.

 

Our justification rests in the following arguments:

The goal of education is the creation and transmission of knowledge — not the creation and transmission of prestige. CAU is not an Ivy League school and as such has not demonstrated the need to join the ranks of universities which cling to an archaic tradition which originated in centuries past.

 

Diplomas are a method of communication. Communicating a message in Latin fails in that readers of diplomas issued by this institution do not read or speak Latin (Clients, Collegues, Insurance Companies, Licensing Bodies)

 

The printing of diplomas in Latin creates an unnecessary burden for the graduate to prove his/her credentials, requiring monetary expenditure to receive a certified translation each time the graduate intends to use his/her diploma.

Graduates with a Latin degree would be required to translate their diploma for state and territorial licensing boards.

Graduates with a Latin degree would be required to translate their diploma for potential employers, universities, internship sites, and postdoctoral sites.

Graduates with a Latin degree would be required to translate their diploma for use if they ever attempt to leave the country and apply for a skilled worker visa. Examples: Canada, Great Britain, Australia. Immigration process would be delayed, prolonged or possibly denied on the basis of a diploma printed in Latin. Even the United States Government would require a certified translation for diplomas not printed in English.

Graduates with a Latin degree would be required to translate their diploma for purposes of applying to insurance company panels to be providers in their network leading to potential lack of income for graduates.

 

Originally, diplomas were letters of introduction given to travelers by the Roman government. For centuries, Latin served as a convenient common language among educated people around the world. This is no longer the case. Graduates don’t pull diplomas out of their glove boxes, and fraud is resolved by checking college records. But diplomas are still supposed to convey information, and Latin diplomas fail to fulfill that function leaving readers confused and unsure of the bearer’s credentials.

 

 We, the undersigned, come now and request a mutually beneficial resolution to the present situation. The solution we are demanding is that Diplomas are re-printed for recent graduates in English and that going forward graduates are given the option to choose a diploma in English or Latin.

 Thank you for your consideration and for your swift, immediate action to our appeal.



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