Dear President Gee:
I write to you in strong opposition to the recent announcement that graduating students participating in this May’s commencement ceremony will receive only four tickets to distribute amongst their guests.
This policy was likely implemented due to the nature of our commencement speaker: President Barack Obama. Regardless of one’s political affinity, receiving an address from the sitting President of the United States is a great honor for which I commend the efforts of the commencement staff.
However, it is also my understanding that in years past, remaining seats in the Ohio Stadium are offered to community members, not necessarily affiliated with the uni-versity. Considering our stadium’s capacity of over 100,000 individuals, it is unfair to limit students to only four guests. Bearing in mind last year’s “highest ever” number of graduates at 9,700, it is unlikely that each student will invite 10 guests. It is however completely reasonable for students to have more than a meager four individuals who deserve a seat at the ceremony. Cognizant of space limitations, I propose the number of tickets per graduate be raised to eight.
As you well know, a collegiate education is not a cheap investment. My peers and I have the right to have families and loved ones in attendance at such a monumental event in our lives as commencement. Through hard work, dedication, and diligence we have paid for our place and the place of our families at commencement on May 5th. I urge prompt abolishment of the 4 ticket policy and reconsideration of the community’s role in attendance.
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The point of commencement is to celebrate those graduating; each student should be able to share that moment with their family and loved ones, which many will not be able to do with only 4...
The point of commencement is to celebrate those graduating; each student should be able to share that moment with their family and loved ones, which many will not be able to do with only 4 tickets. Tell the university that the interests of its own graduates should come first, not unaffiliated community members.