MCLA Make a Statement About Graduation

MCLA Make a Statement About Graduation

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This May, MCLA celebrated the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 graduation virtually. During this virtual ceremony, many students had their names butchered. 

Specifically, queer and transgender students were called their deadname [birthname] even after putting their correct name for sign-up. MCLA has a very large LGBTQIA+ population and a large ally population. The school has no issues speaking out about queer rights and even promotes events from the Queer Student Union (QSU) and Identity and Gender Equality Resource Center (IGE). Many queer students at MCLA only ever went by their correct [current] name here. There were students who were not known in any capacity by their dead name. Many queer students at MCLA took to social media to bash the college for making their last celebration an embarrassing one. Some students names were correct in the program, wrong in the PowerPoint, and vice versa for some others.

Students from a wide range of diverse names also were subject to the robotic voice pronouncing them horribly wrong, even after putting in the pronunciation. A lot of students have expressed frustrations through social media outlets with the robotic voice being unable to handle any name that wasn't very basic. MCLA has a fairly diverse student population, and those students deserved to have their names read aloud by someone that gave the pronunciation care.

While MCLA cannot undo graduation for the classes of 2020 and 2021, they can at least make a statement apologizing to queer students and students of color. 

There were many other flaws pointed out from graduation- like the audio being loud and videos couldn't be heard, people's double majors were not put in the slides, and for the Class of 2021, nobody's honors were even mentioned. Weirdly enough, Class of 2020's honors were mentioned. 

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