December Graduates Matter

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College. The best years of your life. The place that develops your tastes, habits, lasting friendships, ideas, and more importantly who you are going to be outside of those metaphorical four walls. The place that has seen numerous all nighters, cramming sessions, and breakdowns. The place that has seen growth beyond measure and memories for a lifetime. The ultimate finish line for this season, is the image of a cap and gown. The cap and gown that clothes you in freedom and symbolizes the success of your hard work. 

There are those brave students that double up on hours and summer school or embark upon the super senior journey to graduate in an untraditional month; December. 

The University of Texas at Austin will have their last December commencement ceremony this year, causing students to partake in a May commencement ceremony prior to the semester of their actual departure from college. 

Why do these students have to partake in a ceremony that in reality, is not for them?

Does their hard work matter any less than those who graduate in the traditional month of May? 

While those others who walk across the stage in May are finished with their undergraduate education, these December graduates are faced with one more semester. 

It is a false sense of hope, a false symbol of completion. 

Sign this petition to keep December commencement ceremonies at the University of Texas because December graduates matter, too. 


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