Petition to UVA's Office of Major Events
Ban Balloons from UVA Activities and Ceremonies
While a multitude of ascending colorful balloons against the backdrop of a bright blue sky may be a brilliant sight to behold, “what goes up must come down” – and when balloons do, the consequences are deadly for wildlife. When they finally descend, 70 percent of the time they end up in one of the world’s oceans. Not only do they become obvious environmental eyesores when washed ashore, they also needlessly kill numerous animals. Animals both on land and in the oceans frequently misidentify deflated balloons as sources of food. Endangered sea turtles are especially vulnerable. Jellyfish are a common prey item for sea turtles, and often the animals consume deflated balloons floating on the water’s surface, thinking they are a suitable food source. This leads to stomach or intestinal blockages and eventual starvation. All seven species of marine turtle are near extinction and many turtles of two species in particular, the Loggerhead and Leatherback turtle, have been found with balloons in their guts. In addition, naturally curious animals such as birds and dolphins are attracted to bright colors and shiny objects and also end up mistakenly ingesting the balloons. Accidental consumption isn’t the only danger associated with balloons – the strings or ribbons attached to them are just as harmful. Birds often get entangled, and then become unable to fly, facing certain death. Flippers and fins of sea turtles, seals and dolphins can also become wrapped in string, causing infections, amputations and/or death by drowning. We should ask UVA's Office of Major Events to ban balloons, especially helium balloons, from all UVA activities and ceremonies. I want to leave a legacy at UVA that makes it even better.
Petition to SUNY Cortland Administration
Let Tulah Walk at Graduation!
Being 6'7 and 340 lbs is usually my identifying factor, until this past year. During February of 2017 I adopted a 10 week old Black Lab mix puppy. She came home as Jasmine, then was renamed Denver, and finally received the name Tulah, short for Talullah. Tulah is the prime example of a good girl. Most people have seen her walking through campus without a leash and right by my side. She's been to concerts, bar crawls, parades and even classrooms, and is extremely used to people, so there's no worry of her being overhwhelmed. She loves the spotlight! So if people identify me by my dog, why shouldn't she walk at graduation? This petition is being made to allow Tulah to take the stage and receive my diploma during the SUNY Cortland 2018 undergraduate commencement ceremony.
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 UHV - Counseling Education Students
WALK IT OUT!!! Change Graduation for UHV Houston Students Back to a Houston/Katy Location
As graduate students, we have worked hard and diligently to meet the obligations of our current degree programs. We have all sustained loss and inconveniences due to Harvey. However, to change our graduation from Katy to Victoria and from a Saturday to a Friday, places a tremendous strain on all of us and those who planned to support us by attending. Our graduation signifies a huge accomplishment for us. At this point, several of us will not be able to attend graduation. Traveling from Houston to Victoria on a Friday, making a graduation that starts late in the evening and then traveling home afterwards is just one of the many issues. Some of us have family and friends who planned to attend and are traveling from outside of the Houston/Katy area. We understand that changes have happened due to Harvey. Ms. Gresham has told us that you all made the best decision and our options are to make this graduation, graduate later or cancel the entire graduation. We do not agree that the best decision was made. The decision certainly was not made in consideration of our best interests as students and excited graduates. We know this is not possible because we were not polled to at least have our voices and concerns heard. We respectfully ask that a venue in the Houston/Katy/Sugarland area is considered. There are a number of churches and venues in this area that would make it possible for all of us to WALK. We deserve to WALK. We have worked hard to get to this stage and to learn that many of us will no longer walk is distressing. We the UHV students of Houston would like to "WALK IT OUT" and celebrate our accomplishments on a Saturday in Houston!!!!!
Petition to Students and Parents of Newsome High School, Newsome Administration
Let Students Wear Multiple Honor Cords at Graduation
Newsome students achieve academically, athletically, and through extra-curricular activity, as led by their families, school faculty, the school's legacy, and students' hard work. The evidence of success in those endeavors teaches valuable life lessons to the students and those they influence through their success. Diminishing that achievement discourages the very motivation to strive and apply oneself to achievement and societal betterment. In recent graduation ceremonies, school officials have, without said reason, limited students to a single honor cord, without regard to the complete number of a student's achieved honor cords. We, the undersigned, encourage the school administration to recognize their students' achievements as how they would have their own professional achievements noted, and, to fully reward those achievements of all students under their stewardship. As such, we advocate school administrators reinstate the time-honored tradition of recognizing students' achievements through multiple honor cord vestments,as bestowed to the recipient, at Newsome High School graduation commencement ceremonies.