Save LIU Pharmacy 2019 Commencement Ceremony

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On December 18th, 2018, class representatives for the LIU Pharmacy Class of 2019 were notified by our dean that our separate commencement ceremony at the Tilles Center (hooding ceremony) was cancelled without explanation. We were informed that we would still have a reception event at Barclays center, however, our traditional hooding ceremony would not take place this year, breaking with tradition lasting over 130 years.  As class representatives, we represent 200 students who will graduate in May 2019 with our Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. This decision to cancel our hooding ceremony at the Tilles Center was done unilaterally by members of LIU administration. This Commencement ceremony is important not just for the graduates, but for our families, friends, faculty and staff and administration of the college. For graduates, it represents a culmination of the hard work, relentless effort, and dedication was have shown throughout our professional academic careers over the last six years. We find it reprehensible and disgraceful that top administrators would take this action without regard for the negative impact it would have on us, our loved ones, and on the College's reputation. Cancelling our pharmacy commencement ceremony will not only affect all of us, it will also irreparably damage the relationship with current LIU pharmacy underclassmen, alumni, preceptors, as well as LIU’s reputation with the profession and the outside world. We are starting this petition in order to restore LIU Pharmacy Class of 2019's commencement ceremony (hooding ceremony), as well as, to ensure that future graduating pharmacy classes will be allowed to have their commencement ceremonies in order to celebrate achieving a significant milestone. We stand united with student school leaders representing the LIU Pharmacy classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022, as well as, student leaders in professional pharmacy organizations in denouncing this unilateral action to cancel our commencement ceremony. Thank you for your time and consideration.



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