April 19, 201112:31 am
An ostensibly minor change to how students line up and receive their degree at graduation has led to a much larger discussion between students and administration regarding how students affiliate themselves in relation to their academics. The proposed policy, which calls for students to process in alphabetical order, was brought forth by President Joseph Urgo upon reviewing the graduation policy earlier this year.
April 19, 201112:06 am
After reading the Point/Counterpoint articles in the April 5 edition, not only did I feel the true spirit of informed discussion was being disregarded, but also that the reasoning behind Urgo’s change to the walking order at graduation was not addressed. From what I have been told, Urgo’s reasoning for changing the long-standing tradition of walking with majors is that we, as graduates of St. Mary’s, have been a part of a liberal arts experience.
April 5, 201112:00 am
Graduation is about the overall achievement of finishing college – not about individual majors.