Makeup start and badge refund updates announced after ceremony canceled

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The makeup commencement ceremony will be planned based on feedback from a survey sent out in late June to recent graduates, according to UC Davis Chancellor Gary May.

By JADE BELL — campus@theaggie.org

Plans for a $58 refund and make-up commencement ceremony for undergraduates were announced by UC Davis Chancellor Gary May after thermal safety issues prompted the graduation ceremony. original diplomas on June 10. be cut short.

To address concerns such as travel and financial costs, the university sent a survey to spring 2022 graduates to complete by July 6, which May discussed in her June 13 post. Recording with Chancellor May newsletter.

“We are also working on a survey that we will send to […] had an impact on students about their feedback on when to start makeup,” May said. “Once we receive feedback from the survey, we will provide further details on dates and times.”

The survey, which UC Davis alumna Marielle Rikkelman said was sent to recent graduates on June 27, asked how important certain elements of graduation were to them. These elements included walking on stage, listening to student speeches, reading their names, student awards, and more.

Additionally, the survey asked undergraduates to rank suggested times for a makeup ceremony. These times were either late August 2022, December 2022, June 2023 or some other unlisted time.

However, despite the survey being used to gather feedback, students like Alejandra Mejia, who recently graduated with a degree in psychology from UC Davis, raised various concerns about the makeup ceremony.

“I feel like the start of makeup is a slap in the face for the student body,” Mejia said via Instagram direct message (DM). “UC Davis had months to plan. It’s also a very privileged mindset for them to think that people and their loved ones have money to travel and take time off work for something that should have gone smoothly. UC Davis has the money and the resources to plan for a successful startup. They chose not to, so I won’t be there.

Kai Obens, who graduated with a design degree from UC Davis in the spring, also expressed concerns about travel.

“I planned my whole summer with little slack for unexpected trips,” Kai said via Instagram DM. “I also don’t think my family could make the time, which would be a big factor in my decision.”

Bea Rondon, who graduated in the spring with a degree in film and digital media, asked for the badges to be refunded, saying it was the least she could do to ease the financial burden of graduation on her family.

“Although I was able to use my badges at my opening ceremony on June 10, I was unable to take the stage and see my name on screen,” Rondon said via Instagram DM. “My family can’t get back the money they spent on plane tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals to attend my debut, only to have it canceled halfway through. Asking for this refund is a small way to make up for my family for their financial sacrifices to support me and my degree.

Chancellor May also addressed students’ concerns about the start being cut short in his June 13 newsletter. An update released on the day of the canceled ceremony announced plans for shortened Saturday and Sunday ceremonies that would include guest speeches but not read graduates’ names; following this update, May said student feedback was taken into account to further revise the plan.

“After sharing this update with you, we heard from many of you how important it was for you to be able to walk across the stage and have your name announced,” May said in the newsletter. “Due to the revisions we have made to the Saturday and Sunday ceremonies, we have allowed everyone who attended either ceremony to be recognized on stage. Again, I would like to highlight the disappointment that some of you expressed at what should have been a celebratory momentnot. »

Written by: Jade Bell — campus@theaggie.org

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