I am a hard working student at John Jay, as many others are as well. I commute over an hour and even put time into my schools soccer team. I just received an email that was sent out to all the graduating seniors that students will not walk across the stage this commencement due to lack of time. The email states that by doing this, it will cut out an hour from the three hour commencement. Instead, students will be classified in groups and are to stand at their seats when their major is stated.
This takes away every glorification of graduation. As a school of Criminal Justice, this is unequal and disrespectful. As past graduates were given the opportunity to walk with confidence across that stage and receive their degree with dignity, we, the class of 2013 will not. We want our names to be called and have our moment of honor. Instead of the students being acknowledged for their hard work and determination, guest speakers will be paid and given all the attention, rather than the ones who deserve it; the students.
I do not want to be part of a "group" on my graduation day and I know others do not as well. We need to fight this; it is un-American to not have a graduates name called and walk across a stage in attempts to "shorten time".
Please help us change this back to how it was and let us have the opportunity like everyone else had!