Split commencement has advantages, drawbacks


    Commencement will take place in two sections on Saturday in the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena.

    Students in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine Arts, Neeley School of Business and University Programs will begin their commencement ceremony at 9 a.m.

    The ceremony for the Brite Divinity School, Bob Schieffer College of Communication, College of Education, College of Science & Engineering and Harris College of Nursing will start at 2 p.m.

    This plan was introduced as an alternative to last year’s ceremony, which was held in the football stadium.

    “That seems like a good move,” 2014 graduate Garrett Hornsby said. “I know our graduation was super hot and uncomfortable and people were leaving right in the middle of it.”

    Although the weather won’t be an issue in the Convention Center, the move does have its drawbacks.

    “The only thing that bums me out about two ceremonies is that I won’t get to see all of my friends graduate,” senior Sara Segal said.

    Senior Emma Tyler said she thinks the split is worth the sacrifice of seeing others graduate.

    “I am not that sentimental about graduations, and I guess I’m just glad it won’t be as long,” Tyler said.

    Along with the graduates, guests at the commencement will be affected by the change.

    Junior Loren Tacker attended commencement last May. She said two ceremonies in the Convention Center will fix the problem of guests having to devote hours in the sun to watch students they don’t know receive their diplomas.

    “I think it will be much more efficient and beneficial to those supporting graduates and students… to watch the ceremony and spend time with those who you went to watch,” Tacker said, “without having to devote the whole day to a ceremony that, if it were socially acceptable, you would watch about five minutes of.”