UH ends short-lived push for big commencements

UH ends short-lived push for big commencements

Christine Klocke, director of marketing and communication for the provost’s office, said that there will still be convocation speakers and president Renu Khator has encouraged colleges to schedule the best speakers available.

“The change is considered by the provost’s office to be a thoughtful decision made by the University leadership in an effort to avoid weather delays and cancellations, and ensure an optimum experience for students and their families,” Klocke said.

“Commencement ceremonies have evolved over the years,” Klocke said. “What has not changed is our focus on recognizing the conferral of a graduate’s degree as the pinnacle of their academic achievement.”

I don’t like this idea. The university needs both types of ceremonies.

It seems like not long ago we’ve been through this discussion/decision before.

It’s a bit strange considering that the University was getting publicity over it.

I’m guessing that this is more of a cost-cutting measure than the reason that they’re giving.