What are U doing May 11, 2011?

This message just arrived in our CCC email accounts.
I thought I’d copy and paste it to The Lounge for two reasons:

1. Some of us may be selective in reading our emails (Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.)
2. Maybe y’all want to talk about it. Maybe make carpool plans, grab a bite to eat before the ceremony, during the ceremony, or after.

Here it is:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I am excited to announce that, for the first time in recent CCC history, all seven City Colleges will come together to honor our Associate degree completers at a district-wide spring commencement ceremony. This event is made all the more special as it will help us mark our 100th anniversary year.

Completers and their guests will be invited to attend the ceremony on:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion
525 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL
(Overflow accommodations at the UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road)

If you expect to graduate this spring, we ask that you save this date on your calendar. Information regarding ticket allotment, cap and gown pick up and further logistical details will be sent to graduation candidates in late February.

In addition to this ceremony, we will host a recognition ceremony for Adult Education and certificate candidates on a separate date. Details regarding the recognition ceremonies will follow shortly.

Graduation is a significant milestone on the path to a rewarding career or further education. I look forward to celebrating this achievement with the Class of 2011.


Cheryl L. Hyman


9 thoughts on “What are U doing May 11, 2011?

  1. I don’t even know how to respond to this. I’m scheduled to teach a class that night. And some of my graduating students are scheduled to be *in* class that night.

    Hypothetically speaking, suppose someone had the idea, however unfounded, that the Chancellor was more interested in creating an image of unification, rather than in actually running an excellent *educational* institution, this hypothetical person would have just found some more confirming evidence for that hypothetical hypothesis.

  2. Interestingly, I did not get a copy of this in my CCC account??? Maybe they are arriving in batches. I, too, have class that night. It is the last class of my Practicum course- all of those students will be graduating.

    I used to love the HWC graduation. It was one of my favorite days of the year. I think that this is just sad, watered down, washed out and not special.

  3. Graduation on a Wednesday night during finals week. I’d hate to be one of the students who have worked hard, reached their goal, want to celebrate with their families by attending the graduation ceremony, but then have to get up to take a Final Exam the next morning at 9am (that if they don’t pass will void the previous night’s celebration).

    Who plans these things? Did they not go to college themselves? Are they really that clueless?

  4. Well, obviously, graduation would be that Wednesday night. Spring semester grades are probably going to be due the next day at 5 pm.

    (Just kidding, of course, and I should be more sanguine considering I turned in my fall semester grades on Dec. 15.)

  5. I’ll be giving a final exam from 5:30 to 8:25 that night. So I guess if any of my graduating students skip it to go to their graduation they’ll fail my class and then won’t graduate. Effin’ ridic-U-lous.

  6. Perhaps the Chancellor will send an email or memo giving an all-out district-wide excuse for the students who will be in attendance AND have class on the same evening.

    I don’t have a Wednesday evening class this semester but I read your pain peeps.

    Here’s another concern that just came to mind: What if a family member with a Wednesday evening class, not a graduate, wants to attend the ceremony? What will Chancellor Hyman do?

    We’ll keep talkin’…

  7. Bad plan. Would think that with all the folks she has hired surrounding her (for ridiculous amounts of money that could have been better spent) one of them would have advised her of the unfortunate nature of this ‘plan.’ I suppose if she really wants to do a all seven schools graduation, fine – but May 11 – semester still on, finals going, graduating students still in class????!! Really?

    Unfortunately, she is screwing students that may be up for graduation but will need to skip this event because they actually care about being in class or must be there to take final exams.

    That lack of forethought bums me out.

  8. Heavens. This is a clear indication that Reinvention is unilateral. No diverse committee would have ever agreed such a graduation is a good idea.

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