NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There will be a little less pomp and circumstance at this year’s graduation ceremony at CUNY’s John Jay College.
The school has decided to eliminate the tradition of calling each student to the stage to receive their diploma as a way to shorten the five-hour-long commencement ceremony by an hour, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.
John Jay Student Affairs Vice President Lynette Cook-Francis said the school surveyed last year’s seniors.
“And they did say that walking across the stage was something that maybe we could cut,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.
“It’s just not sustainable in this day and age to have three-, four- and five-hour graduations,” Cook-Francis said.
Students will instead be placed in groups and asked to stand together at their seats when their major is stated.
The move has left many students feeling cheated.