Graduation survey shows lack of interest for university-wide ceremony

Georgia Southern University sent a survey to spring 2019 graduates about commencement with more than half saying they would not attend a university-wide ceremony. 

Bisola Oke and Michael Smith

A survey conducted by the university registar office shows that 38.8% of graduates do not plan on attending Georgia Southern University’s university-wide commencement ceremony in May. 

Following changes to Georgia Southern’s graduation ceremonies, the university asked students to fill out a survey to determine how many planned to attend both the university-wide and college specific graduations. 

As of April 8, 74% of 4,467 graduates had offered the registrar’s office a response, according to an email from interim registrar Wallace Brown.

Out of the 3,263 responses, 1,739 said they will not attend the university wide service.

With over half of the initial responding graduates declaring they would not attend the university’s ceremony, 680 of the same group said they would not attend their individual college commencement.

“We plan to provide an inspiring and memorable commencement experience for all the graduates and their families who will be in attendance,” Brown said.

The university-wide ceremony is set to take place at 9 a.m. May 11. All individual college graduation ceremonies will be held at different time on May 10 and 11. 

Bisola Oke, The George-Anne Daily Reporter, [email protected]rn.edu

Michael Smith, The George-Anne Candidate, [email protected]