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A Load of Shameful Nonsense

The D reported in its Commencement issue that the College is saying diplomas would not be given out on the podium to members of the Class of ‘16 because of, get this, the risk of rain. What a load of hogwash:

Commencement Diploma PR Comp.jpg

This space reported on June 3 the administration’s determination not to hand out diplomas to the graduates, having been informed of it very early in the morning on June 2 — which means that the administration made the decision no later than June 1. Are we to believe that administrators decided this question twelve days before Commencement because of “the risk of inclement weather”? Gimme a break.

In the PR world there is always a little linguistic legerdemain, a slight shading of language and tone to make one’s side appear in a better light, but Diana Lawrence’s bald-faced dishonesty is way beyond the pale. Weather had nothing to do with it, dearie, and one doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that. Perhaps the PR folks are rebelling with an obvious fib against an administration that is not forthright enough to take responsibility for its own actions.

Wherever the case, the College is looking bad here, again.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

Great coverage on the diploma scandal. My prediction is that in a year or two students will be required to go to their assigned residential community to pick up their diploma. This way Hanlon will have created something tangible that these “communities” can do, and he won’t be breaking any “tradition” since diplomas will have not been give out at the main ceremony “for years.” It will be just like at Harvard, where diplomas are given out at the residential houses.


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