Hampton University's graduation policy must change! We Must Walk Before We Can Fly.

Hampton University's graduation policy must change! We Must Walk Before We Can Fly.

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James Weaver, IV started this petition to Hampton University and

    Allow me to introduce myself: My name is James Weaver, IV. On May 12th, 2019, I intend to become the first of 4 generations of men to graduate from college in my family. I currently attend Hampton University, where I studied strategic communication and minored in marketing. I grew up on the West Side of Chicago, IL, in a single-parent household, in an area where I was never even expected to get THIS far. During my matriculation at Hampton, however, I have been active, both, in and outside of the classroom. For the past few years, I have served in several organizations and greatly impacted the university community. As a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), I served as the Political Action chair and the 2017-2018 “Mr. NAACP.” I was also a member of the Greer-Dawson Student Leadership Training Program for 2 consecutive years. Moreover, I represented HU at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA in 2016 by performing an original spoken word piece. Though Hampton has provided me with countless memories and experiences, it has been made difficult for students like myself to walk across the stage.

    Of course, no institution is perfect; and neither am I. However, being that I attend one of the premier historically black colleges and universities, I am disappointed in the “Standard of Excellence” and I feel like it is truly time for a change. As a dedicated student, I cannot help but feel this University is ran more like a business than a breeding ground for the next generation of black leaders and innovators. Knowing I am not the only one these experiencing issues is why I am choosing to speak up.

    I am writing this petition with the hope that myself, along with current and future graduates of Hampton University, are not robbed of an experience we have academically earned. I had the opportunity to speak with various University officials, such as President Harvey and Dr. Inman, and they are unwilling to make any changes to the policy to help the students.

    That is why we must take matters into our own hands! Below is the current policy, as well as my newly proposed one that not only benefits the student, but also remains in alignment with the goals of HU.

Gradation Policy Proposal

The current policy states:

· Students with outstanding balances are not be able to participate in the Commencement Ceremony

· However, students with 6 or fewer credit hours remaining and all financial obligations paid are eligible to march

Below are a few ways I believe we can strengthen this policy:

1. Spring & Fall Graduations – If students are required to be at 0 balance before their graduation date, there must be more opportunities for students to walk and get that experience. Some students simply need more time. A simple fix to that would be the addition of a commencement ceremony in the Fall as well.

2. Provisional clearance – Students who received academic clearance should be granted the right to walk and get a complete graduation experience, regardless of their remaining balance. Rather than take away their right to march, Hampton should provide such students with mock diplomas during the ceremony and withhold their transcripts until the bill is satisfied like other Universities do.

3. Extenuating circumstances – Students in exceptional circumstances with factors outside of their control that adversely affect their performance and/or finances during their final semester should still be considered for graduation.

The updates to the policy I proposed above protect, both, the students experience and the University’s financial concern. Please sign this petition so Hampton will consider making changes for future students.

If you are interested donating to my personal struggle of raising money to graduate, click the link below.


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