Crowds for SCSU graduation ceremonies ever larger
Thursday, March 29, 2007
For the first time in its 138-year history, SCSU will conduct two undergraduate commencement ceremonies at the end of spring semester.
The change is being made because the number of friends and family members who want to attend commencement ceremonies to show their pride when their loved ones graduate from SCSU has grown steadily over the years.
The thousands who want to attend can no longer comfortably fit into the university’s largest venue, the National Hockey Center (NHC). For several years SCSU was forced to hold down crowd size by giving graduation candidates a limited number of tickets. In spring 2006, for example, there was room for only 5,200 friends and family members of the more than 1,300 undergraduates who participated in commencement ceremonies.
This spring, tickets will not be needed, as half of the graduates will cross the stage during a 10 a.m. ceremony and half will participate at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15. The NHC is expected to be full for each staging.
SCSU is still able to accommodate the 500-plus graduates and 4,000 guests who attend fall commencement. The University already has, for several years, conducted separate ceremonies for students earning their master’s degrees.