Summer commencement axed, petition failed

NIU officials announced Feb. 15 the summer commencement ceremony would be canceled and summer 2005 graduates would be invited to attend the fall ceremony instead.

The Office of the Provost made the decision after consulting faculty and staff, Vice Provost Earl Seaver said.

The summer commencement ceremony is the least attended of the three, with about 450 students having attended the event last summer.

“This was not a cost issue,” Seaver said.

Student Association Senate speaker Andrew Nelms introduced legislation at a March 6 meeting stating the senate’s disapproval of the summer commencement cancellation.

The lack of student input in the decision process and international students not being able to walk in the commencement ceremonies were the reasons behind authoring the bill, Nelms said.

DeAnna McClintock, a senior public health major, began a petition to save the ceremony after the merger was announced. Within two days of writing the petition, she had gathered 122 signatures.

Despite efforts by students and the SA to influence the administration to reinstate the summer ceremony, it remains canceled.