The Commencement Planning Committee has shared with the Board of Trustees a list of recommendations to help us avoid the problems from last year’s commencement. You’ll recall that at last year’s commencement, which lasted 13 hour and 43 minutes, 3 people died from heart attacks, two babies were born, 89 people were hospitalized for drug overdoses, alcohol poisoning, dehydration, and food poisoning, and 4 guests walked away from the event and were never seen again. We recommend:
- Commencement should not last more than five hours.
- All Commencement speeches should be in English.
- Bathrooms on campus should remain open and accessible.
- Campus Riot Police and SWAT team should be on stand-by but should not actively patrol during Commencement.
- All speakers should be required to be sober.
Commencement Planning Committee
You have certainly made me laugh! Thanks.
Gladys M. Varona-Lacey, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature
Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures
953 Danby Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
From: Willard College
Reply-To: Willard College
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 2:53 PM
To: Gladys Varona-Lacey
Subject: [New post] Plans to Avoid Mistakes from the 2017 Commencement
willardcollege posted: ” The Commencement Planning Committee has shared with the Board of Trustees a list of recommendations to help us avoid the problems from last year’s commencement. You’ll recall that at last year’s commencement, which lasted 13 hour and 43 minutes, 3 peo”
Gladys, If only it was a joke! Last year was sad.
certainly good recommendations from the planning committee. if we all understand each other, it will certainly avoid the overdoses and food poisoning.
and the non active swats can more easily identify the ones who dont comply, though i also suggest they check the bathrooms. i am bit skeptical of that measure.
Patricia Rodriguez Associate Professor, Politics Ithaca College, NY 607-274-5714
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