Petition to President Collado and the Ithaca College Board of Trustees
Ithaca College Graduates Should Walk For Commencement
Graduating College is a major accomplishment and rite of passage. It is important to properly acknowledge this and allow students to walk and have their names individually read. While most colleges do this, at Ithaca this is not the case. We the students, parents, friends and family of the Ithaca College community therefore petition President Collado and the Ithaca College Board of Trustees to change the Commencement Ceremony to allow students to walk and have their names individually read to acknowledge their accomplishments. This can either be done at the main ceremony or at smaller ceremonies for each school.
Petition to Chancellor Andrew Leavitt
UWO Fall 2016 Grads Deserve Proper Commencement
December 17, 2016 was supposed to be a joyous day for over 1,100 graduates at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. However, as Winter Storm Bailey made her way through Wisconsin, officials at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh made a decision to cancel the Fall Commencement ceremony for the 1ST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY. The ceremony is not planned to be rescheduled. Although some agree that this was a safe decision by the university, many others do not. As far as I know, all other UW system universities had or are planning to have their ceremonies as planned this weekend including Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Stevens Point, and Whitewater. Regardless if you agree with the decision of not holding the ceremony due to weather, I hope that you will agree that the 1,100 students that were supposed to walk across the stage deserve their proper day in Kolf. A "special ceremony" at the Alumni Center or the chance to walk in the Spring ceremony is just not the same. I urge you to sign this petition in hopes that the university will see this and reschedule the ceremony for these graduates for a weekend in January.
Petition to Guilford High School, The town of Guilford
Let Megan wear her sister's white gown to graduation from GHS. Class of 2016
For years, Guilford High School in Guilford, CT has had a graduation tradition where girls wore white graduation gowns & boys wore green graduation gowns. This year, that tradition has been taken away from the students of GHS for the sake of being politically correct. Now the graduation attire is all green. My friend Megan's sister, Justine passed away back in March & graduated from GHS in 2011. Megan wants to wear her sister's white graduation gown to honor her at her graduation. The school first told her that she can wear it under the green gown & has changed their minds last minute for fear that people will be unhappy with her wearing the white gown. This is unfair & unjust. Please sign this petition & let Megan honor Justine at her graduation. There is no reason a gown color should be such a big deal.
Petition to Ryan McElveen, Ilryong Moon, Jeanette Hough, Karen Corbett Sanders
Let Hunter Basinger Walk.
The Fairfax County Public School Board has denied a former student of South County High school, Hunter Basinger, the right to walk at her class' graduation. Hunter Basinger attended South County High School up to the end of 11th grade. Due to the paralysis of her mother and other health issues she had to be the aide to her mother and disenroll from South County. On top of being an aide she was dealing with her own personal struggles. Hunter went on and received her GED while taking care of her mother. She then enrolled into Northern Virginia Community College and has finished her first semester with all A's, thus making the President's List. As a contributing member of society she deserves this more than your average student. Hunter Received her GED through the IAS (Interagency Alternative Schools) Grants program directly funded by Fairfax County Public Schools. A GED is a General Educational Development Degree. To obtain a GED you have to first pass a series of exams to get into the program. Once you pass into the program you then have to study the same curriculum as high school students but at an accelerated pace. There are four different tests: Science, Math, Social Studies, and English. You have to pass with a score of 145 out of 200. After completing all of these tests you typically study for about 6 months and then receive your diploma. Hunter was told by administration that she could not graduate with her class because of a Fairfax County policy. The policy that is hindering her from graduating with her class is policy 2475 that states the commencement policy for all Fairfax County Public Schools. In Section III. "Requirements" sub-section A states "Students completing their diploma requirements through FCPS Interagency schools shall be given the option of participating in commencement activities with their base school unless prohibited by the FCPS Hearings Office or School Board." Hunter received her diploma from an IAS Program so you would think that she has fulfilled the requirements. However, apparently in the policy where it says "diploma" it means a Standard or Advanced degree. A GED is not considered a diploma. Even though it is an equivalency degree thus, making it the same thing as a diploma. The School Board has prohibited her despite the overwhelming support from the graduating class, other students, former students, students from other counties, families, and administration. The main reason Hunter wants to walk with her class is because her mother is very ill and because her brother Westlein is walking too. She has decided not to go to her GED graduation because it is 6 days before her brother's. That means her mother would have to get out of bed twice in a week or choose between the two graduations. It takes a lot of energy for her mother to get out of bed and so Hunter has decided not to give her a second option. Please sign and share this petition if you would like to give Hunter the opportunity to walk with her brother and class at graduation and give her mother the chance of seeing her youngest children walk the stage.