UC: Seniors will have names called, get to walk at graduation

Posted at 5:47 PM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 18:10:16-05

CINCINNATI -- Some seniors at the University of Cincinnati are questioning the university's plans for spring commencement after hearing rumors that their names wouldn't be called at graduation.

University officials said the names will be read, but the commencement ceremony is still being planned.

Less than three months before the April 29 graduation, a rumor has been going around campus that seniors won't hear their names or walk across a stage at graduation.

Taylor Glasgow said she's the first in her family to attend college, and she won't accept anything less than the recognition she believes she deserves.

"It's symbolic of the past 20 years that I've been in school, working toward this," she said. "So year, it means a lot."

The rumor started after a student received an email from the commencement coordinator stating that individual names won't be called.

But when a reporter reached out to the university, they said students' names will be called. But the commencement details are still being worked out.

Helen Macmann said she believed they had earned the right to walk.

"I'm about $30,000 in debt right now and it was kind of just implicit that we were going to get to do this by the end of it, and that was kind of like the reward, I suppose," she said.

A UC spokesperson said they have changed the venue to Nippert Stadium due to construction at Fifth Third Arena, where graduation is usually held. They said the planning group is committed to have each student's name announced.

Seniors said they hope that's true.

"We've all worked so hard to get our education," Macmann said. "All of our families have fought for this, and we've all earned our degrees and it's not too much to ask to be recognized by the school."