Comments: It's bitchslap some pencil pushers day!

Schools used to do this; the trouble is, legally, once you've undergone the ceremony, you're technically a graduate, as I understand it.

Yeah, it sucks.

Posted by Linda F at June 8, 2008 09:05 PM

the trouble is, legally, once you've undergone the ceremony

Actually, I don't believe that that is the case at all. At VCU, some one or two people tried that gambit to avoid having to take the last 2-3 classes they needed. It failed, of course, because allowing someone to walk down the aisle in no way confers an actual diploma on them. In fact, schools that allow this walking in advance ceremony typically use empty diploma cases or blank sheets of paper sealed with a ribbon tie to help with the illusion. Now it's entirely possible that some states or locales have different laws in place which would make walking=diploma conferred, but that certainly isn't the case here in Virginia.

Posted by physics geek at June 9, 2008 06:52 AM