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Survey on one graduation ceremony opens today
April 5, 2012

Survey on one graduation ceremony opens today

Updated 12:20 p.m. April 6: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TAMUSACommencement

Updated 11:10 a.m. April 6: University Communications will release an online survey today via Jaguar email to gather input from all students on the administration’s decision to have one annual graduation commencement ceremony. The survey will be open until April 16.

Editor’s note: Reyna said she would update The Mesquite at the end today, but has not responded. Updated information will be added to the top of the story as received.

By Melody Mendoza

After receiving student complaints about the cancellation of the fall graduation commencement ceremony, University administration will open an online survey April 6 to acquire student opinions.

The University’s executive cabinet decided March 22 after meeting with the graduation committee to only have one commencement ceremony per year starting in the fall. Read previous article.

Students actively opposed the decision via Facebook and a petition was started around campus.

In response, Marilu Reyna, associate vice president of university communications, confirmed that there will be a survey to get students involved in this decision.

“What we’ve decided to do is to take a step backward,” she said, admitting that the University should have collected student input.

The graduation committee’s original idea was to send the survey to spring 2012, fall 2012 and spring 2013 candidates for graduation because those are the ones most affected.

“However, we may open it up to all students — we want to give everyone an opportunity to be heard,” she added in an email April 5.

The survey will be open for 10 days.

Reyna said there will be a person at Main Campus Building and Brooks City-Base Campus promoting the survey, and the University will base their decision on the results.

“We are very open to having a December graduation ceremony,” she said.

Reyna said the original idea to have one annual ceremony stemmed from earlier student complaints of limited tickets for guests.

“We felt like we were answering the cry of students,” she said. “That was the bigger issue that we were addressing at the time.”

She said realizing that students have more than one complaint, University officials were willing to revisit the decision.

Reyna also mentioned that in the past, Student Government Association would have had a student forum to collect student feedback, where concerns would have come up more naturally.

Reyna said if students decide they want a December graduation ceremony, it will bring additional costs to the University. She added that she was not sure how it would work.

She added that there is a graduation fee charged to graduates, but there wouldn’t be additional costs to students to pay for the ceremony.

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  • Rachel K

    We can make anything work but we really need SGA to step up to the plate and get this out. If we had forums, our administrators wouldn’t be blindsided. They like (or from what I remember with the old forums) they like having open dialogue with the students.

    • Melissa Quintanilla

      I agree completely Rachel! I am hoping to run for one of the positions next round. I’d love to help make a difference in how this works. I now see how the SGA is so important to the student body and the administrators. Do you have any information on how and where to go to find out more information about running?

      • You can read the story on SGA’s postponed elections. Other than the fact that they’ve been moved to the fall, there hasn’t been any more information give. We’ll keep you all informed.

        • Melissa Quintanilla

          Thank you Melody!

          • Judy S.

            SGA did host a forum on this – as they have for every other matter that actually affects the student body.

            Please make sure to inform yourself before you guys come on here and write up comments that are uninformed. I’ve never had any problems getting my questions answered, so please, watch what you say.

    • Judy S.

      SGA did host a forum on this – as they have for every other matter that actually affects the student body.

      Please make sure to inform yourself before you guys come on here and write up comments that are uninformed. I’ve never had any problems getting my questions answered, so please, watch what you say.

  • Rachel K

    To run for office, contact Laura Pantano. She is on the third floor (She is also the Dean of Students)

    Thank you for stepping up to the plate Melissa =) Best of luck in your campaign!

  • Anthony R.

    What is SGA doing? What do we pay them for? Just to sit behind a desk and shuffle papers around and maybe run two events a year? Its sad.

    • Judy S.

      SGA is not paid! All the work they do, they do for free. You don’t pay for anything Anthony R. Do you even know who your SGA is?!

      Shuffle papers? You have no idea what you’re talking about. Please get informed before you write anything.

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