Pittsburg State University announced today that it has restored a 1 p.m. ceremony to the commencement schedule for Saturday, Dec. 17. The action was taken in response to feedback received about changes to the schedule announced earlier this week.
Graduates will have a choice of attending a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, as originally scheduled, a second ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday or a third ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Earlier this week, the university announced it was changing the commencement schedule so students and their families would not have to choose between attending graduation and a possible NCAA championship game at the same time and day.
“The original decision to move commencement was made in an attempt to provide flexibility for our students and to be able to attend graduation and a potential championship game,” said President Steve Scott. “It was made with the best of intentions, but it’s clear from the reaction, that our initial effort fell short. Pittsburg State University believes in celebrating our students’ accomplishments in any venue, and it’s my sincere hope that the changes we’ve made will do just that.”
The president said he appreciated the patience and flexibility of students and families who have already adjusted their schedules.
Students may choose to participate in any of the three scheduled ceremonies, according to Bill Ivy, associate vice president for enrollment management and student success. Graduates of all colleges will be recognized at each of the ceremonies and students may walk at the ceremony that is most convenient for them.
Whether Pitt State plays in the national championship game will not be determined until Saturday, when the Gorillas host Delta State University. University officials said they didn’t want to wait until then to make a decision on the commencement schedule, however, in order to give graduating students and their families as much time as possible to alter travel plans.
Those with questions about commencement are encouraged to contact the Registrar at 620-235-4200.
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