For fall graduates, commencement merely symbolic

first_imgFor most students, tossing their caps into the air at the end of commencement culminates their four years at USC.But for some, it only marks the end to a semester.Pomp and circumstance · For fall graduates, the spring commencement ceremony does not mark the end of their USC careers. – Daily Trojan file photo Most of the students who will be ordering class rings and learning about commencement at this week’s Grad Fair are in their eighth semester — seniors graduating after four years.Not every senior, however, follows a stringent four-year path to graduation. There are a handful of students who graduate in the fall semester, either to finish degree requirements or to prepare for jobs or graduate school.“I had this drive to prove that I could work,” said Katy Reid, a fall 2009 graduate with a bachelor of arts in theatre, who graduated a semester early. “For me, graduating was a part of getting out in the real world.”According to Ray Gonzales, senior director of research and reporting for the Office of Academic Records and Registrar, there have historically been about 900 fall graduates each December at USC. Last fall, that number declined slightly, but it has been increasing overall in the past few years.Gene Bickers, vice provost for undergraduate programs, said a growing number of fall graduates are students who are staying an extra semester rather than leaving a semester early.“The number of December grads has increased marginally over the past several years, but there has been no large-scale trend,” Bickers wrote in an e-mail. “More students graduate late than early, largely because they are pursuing multiple majors or minors, or because they have made a late change of major.”Students who finish their degrees in the fall semester are given a fall conferral date but are treated almost identically to spring graduates.Any student who graduates in the fall semester will still be recognized in the spring commencement booklet of his class year, which includes the prior fall.Since USC only offers one commencement ceremony, fall graduates are allowed to walk in the graduation ceremony prior to their graduation or in the spring ceremony after they receive their degrees.“I’m going to walk with the class of 2010 because I started with them,” said Ashley Zimmerman, a fall 2009 graduate with a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism. “I want to end my college career with the same friendships I created freshman year.”For some students, the commencement ceremony is a time to share their accomplishments with their family members.“I’ll be at the ceremony, but my decision could have gone either way. It’s a whole family thing, and it’s for my parents as much as for me,” said Mike Joyce, a fall 2009 graduate with a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism.Nelson Shirota, student services manager, said typically many fall graduates attend the ceremony unless circumstances preclude them from being in Los Angeles.“We have thousands of participants, and they are the ones who want to show up to display all of their hard work,” Shirota said.Though fall graduates are given equal opportunities to participate in commencement activities, including the Baccalaureate Ceremony and the Baccalaureate Dinner, some fall graduates said they feel they are missing out on parts of the graduation experience.“I live with 10 seniors who are all in their second semester. They’re going through this stage where they feel liberated, but they also have a fear of what’s to come. But I went through that by myself,” Reid said.Zimmerman, too, said she feels slightly disconnected from the graduation experience.“I’m missing out on the last time to go to [Traditions, an on-campus bar], my last invite and my last class. My last class was a very individual experience because everyone else still had another semester. It was more of a surreal experience for me,” she said.Though early or late graduates might miss out on some of the traditions, Bickers said that academically there is no disadvantage.“It depends on the student, but I would not say that most December graduates miss out on opportunities by finishing early,” Bickers wrote. “They are still eligible for university honors, including the Renaissance, Discovery and Global Scholars programs. There is no single answer to whether early graduation is a good thing — it really depends on individual circumstances.”Although Reid and Zimmerman might have some qualms with graduating early, both feel that it was the right decision academically and financially.Casey Patrick, a fall 2009 graduate who received her bachelor of arts in business administration, recognized that if she had remained at USC for her spring semester, she would have remained in her comfort zone.“It would have been really easy for me to stay [at USC]. But [leaving USC] is more of a challenge. In some ways, it is kind of harder, and now I’ve just been thrown into the real world,” she said.last_img read more

Broward County Public Schools to reopen on Monday, September 18, following…

first_imgSchool Breakfasts and Lunches: BCPS understands that many families are still without power across our community and are dealing with the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma.  To ensure all students have access to healthy meals, the District will provide free breakfasts and free lunches to all students at all schools for the next several weeks.  Meal menus may vary by school. School Buses: Safety is always the District’s highest priority. The BCPS Transportation Department will be operating school buses based on established schedules and routes. Bus routes may be delayed due to in-operable traffic signals or closed roadways. If a school bus stop cannot be reached due to debris, the school bus driver will find the safest, closest area adjacent to the stop to pick-up and drop off students. Before/After School Care:All before and after school child care housed on Broward County Public Schools campuses will be open during their regular hours beginning on Monday, September 18. All BCPS employees should report to their normal work locations and at their regular start times on Monday, unless instructed otherwise by their supervisor. If an employee is unable to report to work on Monday, he/she must follow the appropriate standard protocol for reporting the absence.“On behalf of our entire District, I want to express our gratitude for the support we have received from all corners of our community – as together, we work to recover from the significant impact from Hurricane Irma,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “In addition, our dedicated staff have been working tirelessly before, during and after the storm.  Their efforts to prepare our schools, communicate with our students and families, and inspect, repair damage and remove debris, have been tremendous – and I commend them for their dedication and support.” BCPS also reached out to municipalities to ensure crossing guards will be in place and to provide heightened police presence to assist walkers navigating any temporary hazardous road conditions that may still exist in their community.center_img Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) schools and offices will reopen on Monday, September 18, 2017, following Hurricane Irma.All District schools and offices will follow their normal operating schedules.  District staff have surveyed campuses to ensure they are safe for students and employees to return. As of Saturday afternoon, September 16, only three District schools have no or limited power. Those schools are:Attucks Middle School,Pompano Beach Middle School, andPiper High School.Florida Power & Light continues to work to restore power at these schools. The District will keep families at these schools updated regarding contingency plans if power is not restored by Monday morning.  In addition: Hurricane make-up days In response to questions about possible hurricane make-up days, please note that BCPS has contacted the Florida Department of Education for guidance on the seven school days canceled due to Hurricane Irma and whether the missed days will be waived or if make-up days will be mandated. BCPS will keep families and employees updated with the latest information as it becomes available from the state.The District looks forward to welcoming all students and employees back to school on Monday, September 18, 2017.last_img read more

Wellington Chamber golf tournament results

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Results of the 2015 Wellington Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic held Saturday are as follows:First Flight First place –  Chaney Stallbaumer, Buddy Robertson, Brian Peck, Kurt Eck: 52, $110 each.Second place – Dave Gaston, Laurie Gaston, Grant Ledbetter, Hunter Leichner: 52, $80 each.Third place –  Nick Becker, Mark Miller, Leander Greene, Derek Harrison: 53, $60 each.Second Flight First place – Adam Ricke, Monty Troutman, John Ott, Shelley Hansel: 61, $110 each.Second place – Kyle Roach, R. Hagemann, Brice Lowe, David Alfaro: 61, $80 each.Third place – Greg Renn, Austin Renn, Nick Anderson, Joey Stewart: 62, $60 each.Third Flight First place – Dalton Wiley, Walt Gould,Tyler Norris, Doug Norris: 67, $110, ea.Second place – Mark Goodrum, Curt Guinn, Jeff Masonhall, Brent Reed: 67, $80 ea.Third place - Vanessa Sawyer, Melissa Meeker, Cherity Elder, Megan Ginterby: 67, $60 ea.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more