Trash Talk Tuesday: Bonus?

A straight cut-and-paste from the 411 email on Graduation 2013 and, yes, Reinvention:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announced today that nearly 4,000 students are expected to earn an associate’s degree from City Colleges this year — the largest number in more than two decades, and an 80 percent increase since Reinvention began. “We could not be prouder of these students and their results. From our early learning programs to our City Colleges, we are working to ensure that every student in this city receives a high-quality education that helps them succeed in life,” said Mayor Emanuel. CCC is forecasting the federal IPEDS graduation rate will increase to 12 percent for 2013, up 5 percent since Reinvention and the highest in more than a decade. “We are delivering on our central goal to increase the number of students earning credentials of economic value,” said Chancellor Hyman. “Our students’ achievements demonstrate that the student-centered reforms we’ve implemented in recent years are paying off as we had hoped: more of our students are now prepared for further education or a career.” In recent years, CCC has invested in key student services including: tutoring, academic advisors, transfer specialists, career and transfer centers, veteran centers, and Wellness Centers, among other services. On Friday May 3rd at the UIC Pavilion, Chancellor Cheryl Hyman and special guest Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will congratulate the Class of 2013 during the annual graduation ceremony.

So what does all of this mean?


Commencement 2013

Straight cut-and-paste from the inbox (color added by yoursess truly):

The City Colleges of Chicago community will come together at the 2013 graduation ceremony to celebrate Associate degree completers:

Friday, May 3, 2013
UIC Pavilion
525 S. Racine Ave.
Beyond our control, the University of Illinois changed its graduation schedule and venue rental regulations, forcing City Colleges to hold Commencement the Friday before finals. We understand that the timing may be a challenge, so we are asking the Class of 2013 to vote on the most convenient time to hold the commencement on Friday, May 3.  We will tally the survey results and announce the winning timeframe for Commencement 2013 on Monday, March 11.
City Colleges graduates have worked hard to attain this educational milestone and we look forward to celebrating their achievement with this time-honored tradition.

I aint’s got nothin’ to say ’bout it right now. There are some pros and cons to the date. Good to see that some things are out of CCC’s control. At least they know what it feels like now; I mean in terms of being told what you can and cants do by others.
CCC appears to be eatin’ some humble pie and asking the graduates what time works best.
So if the Pavilion empties early (again!), them grads should take part of the blame, since they’ve been given an opportunity to have a say, right?
Hey!, this frees up my Saturday!

Guess I did have somethin’ to say after all.
Have your say too.